Drug Safety (DC)

Improving medication use systems, reducing adverse drug events and developing innovative assessment and intervention resources

Reducing Adverse Drug Events in the Elderly

Adverse drug events disproportionately affect patients over the age of 65 across all healthcare settings, including hospitals, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities.

AQIN-DC are working with healthcare providers, patients, and other interested stakeholders in communities across the District of Columbia to reduce and prevent adverse drug events. Our goal is to reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions and improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.

Pharmacists also play a vital role in reducing avoidable hospital readmissions. Recent studies show that more than 15% of Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days of discharge at an estimated cost of $12 billion annually. Interventions to improve handoffs between hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, and others along the continuum of care are well documented. AQIN-DC is working on community-based care transitions programs around the District.

Community Of Practice

The following forums, containing discussions and resources, will be available soon:


Educational Sessions


Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular Health (DC)
Cardiovascular Health (NY)
Cardiovascular Health (SC)
Care Coordination
Care Coordination DC
Care Coordination NY
Beneficiaries and Families
Healthcare Professionals
Other Website Resources
Tools and Resources
Past Success
Upcoming Events
Past Events
Contact Us
Care Coordination SC
Community Based Sepsis
Educational Webinar Programs
Sepsis in the News
Tools and Resources
Diabetes Self-Management
EDC Foot Care Campaign
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DC)
Diabetes Self-Management Education (NY)
Drug Safety
Anticoagulation Safety
Hypoglycemia Avoidance
Opioid Safety
Opioid Safety (DC)
Opioid Safety in Community Pharmacy
Drug Safety (DC)
Drug Safety (NY)
Drug Safety (SC)
Immunization (DC)
Immunization (NY)
Immunization (SC)
SC Immunization Coalition Materials
Nursing Home Quality
Nursing Home Quality (NY)
QAPI Self-Assessment
Eliminating Inappropriate Antipsychotic Medication Use
Clinical Quality Measures (QM)
Composite Measure Score
NHQCC Collaborative I Kick-Off
NHQCC Collaborative I Outcomes Congress
Using a System's Approach to Quality & Performance Improvement
Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) Learning
Engaging Staff in Individualized Care
QAPI Self-Assessment and Related Resources
QAPI In Action
Quality Improvement (QI) Resources
Quality Improvement Strategies
Steps to QAPI
Elements for Framing QAPI in Nursing Homes
Clinical Topics
Medication Use Tools & Resources
Pressure Ulcer Clinical Tools & Resources
Restraint Clinical Tools & Resources
Falls with Major Injuries
Health Care Acquired Conditions
Eliminating Long Term Care Re-Admissions Tools & Resources
Nursing Home Quality (DC)
Nursing Home Quality (SC)
ACE e-Newsletter
Clinical Topics
Organizational Change
Presentations and Handouts
Upcoming Events
Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Core Element One: Commitment
Core Element Two: Action for Policy and Practice
Core Element Three: Tracking and Reporting
Core Element Four: Education and Expertise
Quality Payment Program
QPP Support for Large Practices
QPP Support for Small Practices
CMS Webinars & Programs
Request Free Technical Assistance
QPP Education
QPP General Information
Quality Measures
Improvement Activities (IA)
Promoting Interoperability (PI)
Transforming End of Life

Contact Us

District of Columbia
Jennifer Thomas, PharmD
Medication Safety, Immunizations, &
Antibiotic Stewardship
Atlantic Quality Innovation Network – District of Columbia
7067 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 290
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Tel: 410-872-9698
(800) 876-3362, Ext. 11565
Secure Fax (516) 233-3355