Arrange a medication review and “Eliminate medication confusion”!
A Home Medication Review (HMR) is a service provided under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) that aims to optimize medication management and promote safe and effective use of medications for individuals living in their own homes. The HMR is designed to help patients, particularly older adults or those with complex medication regimens, to better understand and manage their medications to achieve better health outcomes.
Here are the key features of an Australian Home Medication Review:
- Eligibility: To be eligible for an HMR, the patient must be living in their own home, community setting, or an aged care facility, and they should have complex medication needs, taking multiple medications for chronic conditions.
- Qualified Pharmacist: An accredited and qualified pharmacist conducts the Home Medication Review. They have specialized training in medication management and are authorized to perform medication reviews under the MBS.
- Home Visit: The pharmacist visits the patient’s home or aged care facility to conduct a comprehensive review of their medications. During the visit, the pharmacist assesses the patient’s medical history, current medications, and any medication-related issues.
- Medication Review: The pharmacist evaluates the appropriateness of the patient’s medications, potential drug interactions, dosage regimens, and adherence to the prescribed treatment. They also assess whether any medications are causing adverse effects or need adjustments.
- Patient Consultation: The pharmacist discusses their findings with the patient (and their carer, if applicable) during the home visit. They provide education and counseling about their medications, potential side effects, and the importance of adherence to treatment.
- Collaboration with Healthcare Team: The pharmacist communicates their recommendations to the patient’s healthcare team, including the patient’s General Practitioner (GP) and other relevant healthcare providers.
- Medication Management Plan: Based on the assessment, the pharmacist develops a medication management plan with specific recommendations to address any issues identified during the review.
- Follow-Up: After the Home Medication Review, the pharmacist may conduct follow-up visits or phone calls to monitor the patient’s progress, ensure adherence to the medication management plan, and address any additional concerns.
- Medicare Rebates: HMRs are fully funded by the Australian Government through Medicare. The patient does not have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses for this service.
The Australian Home Medication Review is an essential service that helps improve medication safety and management for individuals with complex medication needs. It supports patients in understanding their medications better and empowers them to take an active role in their health and well-being. The collaborative approach involving pharmacists, patients, and healthcare providers helps optimize medication therapy and reduce the risk of medication-related problems.