Drug Safety (NY)

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

Preventing and Reducing Adverse Drug Events (PARADE)

Adverse drug events (ADEs) have been identified as a major contributor to preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits, particularly among the elderly. Cross-setting Community Coalitions have been identified as an effective means of enhancing communication among providers, and improvements in patient outcomes have been realized through the effective implementation of various evidence-based interventions.

To provide further assistance to Community Coalitions in ADE prevention, IPRO has developed an array of analytic processes and interventions for health systems and healthcare providers targeting the drug classes most frequently associated with preventable ADEs: anticoagulants, antihyperglycemics, and opioid analgesics.

IPRO's processes support improvement by:

  • Identifying patients at highest risk of preventable adverse drug events
  • Evaluating system performance at baseline and serially
  • Providing interventions and clinical tools to address priority concerns

Healthcare providers participating in IPRO’s Community Coalitions are invited to request complimentary technical assistance from IPRO’s Drug Safety team as an intervention option to improve patient care across settings.



"Blood Clots: What Should I Know?"

Date and Time: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12pm – 1pm EST
Webinar Description: This free educational offering is intended for patients, families, and caregivers to increase public awareness of the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke. Included are patient stories and a special question and answer session with blood clot survivors.
Intended Audience: Patients, families and caregivers
Katherine Cabral, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Randy Fenninger, Chief Executive Officer, National Blood Clot Alliance
Featuring Blood Clot Survivors: Maury Lieberman, Stephen Rodner and Sara Wyen
Registration Instructions:

  • Click or Copy and Paste this URL to your web browser: https://qualitynet.webex.com
  • This should bring you to the QualityNet e-University webpage - locate the event you wish to register for
  • Click on Register
  • Enter the following:
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  • Click Submit
  • Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting information and the registration ID that will be used to log into the WebEx portion of the meeting. Please note, this email may go to your spam or junk folder. It will come from the email address messenger@webex.com

Webinar and Teleconference Connection Instructions:
Please join the event 15 minutes prior to the start time to ensure the automatic system set-up has been properly established.

  • Click or Copy and Paste this URL to your web browser: https://qualitynet.webex.com
  • Locate the event you wish to join and click "Join" (located to the right of the event title)
  • Enter your registration ID as prompted
  • Enter the password: IPRO
  • The automatic system set-up should start at this point. If a dialogue box appears, click run. Please note, the automatic system set-up does take a few minutes to complete
  • Dial in to the teleconference: 1-866-802-4305 (no access code needed)

For questions or problems accessing the web portion of this meeting, please call: 571-598-1988. 

Webinar: Post-Discharge Medication Reconciliation and High Risk Drugs: Processes, Challenges, and Strategies for Home Healthcare
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST



IPRO, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ designated Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York, is tasked with reducing adverse drug events (ADEs) and hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries across the State. QIOs are directed by CMS in the 11th Statement of Work (11SoW) help providers utilize new or existing evidence‐based tools and practices to improve the care of those prescribed high risk medications, specifically anticoagulants, diabetic agents and opioids.

This educational offering is intended to:

  • Define post-discharge medication reconciliation as a patient safety priority and discuss challenges for home healthcare
  • Describe the medication reconciliation process and provide strategies for successful implementation of post-discharge medication reconciliation and medication support
  • Identify and resolve problems related to high risk drugs


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