Drug-related adverse outcomes

Drug-related adverse outcomes were noted in nearly 1.9 million inpatient hospital stays — 4.7 percent of all stays — and 838,000 treat-and-release emergency department visits (0.8 percent of all visits), according to the report “Medication-Related Adverse Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals and Emergency Departments, 2008” from the Agency for Healthcare Resources and Quality (AHRQ).

In the inpatient setting, health care providers should watch for the most common cause of general drug-related adverse outcomes — hormones and synthetic substitutes. This category was responsible for 16.1 percent of all drug-related adverse outcomes (345,300 events). The next-most-common category for both inpatient and treat-and-release ED events was analgesics, antipyretics, and antirheumatics, accounting for 12.5 percent and 11.8 percent of events.

Common specific causes of drug-related adverse outcomes in U.S. hospitals, by setting of care, 2008

Source: Agency for Healthcare Resources and Quality. Medication-Related Adverse Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals and Emergency Departments, 2008

Career Opportunities

HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

Apply via email to jfedder1@hfhs.org or online at http://p.rfer.us/HENRYFORDlXqAJA

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

Monthly table of contents

Be notified as each issue of Managed Care is available online.

Biweekly newsletter

Recent topics have included:

PTCommunity news

New drug approvals, clinical trials, drug management. Three times per week.