Volunteer Needed for New England Regional Medication Safety Advisory Council

April 26, 2017

The current five-year CMS contract for the England Quality Innovation Network/ Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) includes work throughout New England in the areas of prevention of adverse drug events in all settings and antimicrobial stewardship with a focus on outpatient settings and long term care facilities.  One part of our work, for example, focuses on helping clinical practice sites implement practice specific antimicrobial stewardship efforts based on the CDC recently released Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (2016).  

The QIO is looking for a New Hampshire Medical Society member to serve on their regional (representing all six New England states) medication safety advisory group. (This group also addresses antibiotic stewardship). Group membership is reflective of individuals or organizations involved in patient care and advocacy in New England. For example, they have membership from throughout New England including retail pharmacies (CVS Minute Clinics) and the Get Smart CDC program (from Connecticut) as well as individual clinicians practicing in a variety of settings.  

The group will meet three times a year (second week of January, May and September) through remote technology.
The first meeting is planned for May 18, with a call-in option available. The purpose of this group includes:

  • Advising  NE QIN-QIO on its medication safety and Adverse Drug Event (ADE) prevention efforts;

  • Advising  NE QIN-QIO on Its outpatient antibiotic stewardship initiative;

  • Support alignment with other NE QIN-QIO quality initiatives;

Share lessons learned and spread best practices to improve medication care delivery for all patients.

Contact James Potter, NHMS EVP for more information.