Illinois to launch program assisting seniors with complicated medication regimens


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) – Illinois is planning to launch a medication management demonstration program with the intent to help residents with complex regimens reduce the risk of misusing their medications. The trial program should launch on December 1 and run for twelve months.

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) says that regimens of multiple medications taken at differing dosages and varying frequency can be dangerous for people who don’t know how to properly manage them because they run the risk of not adhering to such a complicated routine.

“Older adults in Illinois are especially susceptible to nursing home and emergency room admissions due to overly complicated medication plans,” commented IDoA Director, Jean Bohnhoff. “With this demonstration, we have an opportunity to reduce those admissions and help improve the quality of life for our participants.”

The IDoA is partnering with APC, based in Bolingbrook, to work with Care Coordination Units (CCU’s). They plan to provide in-home visits led by pharmacists. Using information based on the patient’s observations, insurance, clinical assessments, and case manager records, the CCU’s will provide medication reconciliation and review.

Reviews of the program’s effectiveness will focus on the outcomes of medication adherence; reduction in the number of medications taken; reduction in cost of medication error rates; reduction in readmission to long-term care facilities, hospitals and emergency rooms; participant satisfaction with services; and quality of life improvement.

Officials for the IDoA say that once they have completed the demonstration, they can use the data to expand a full program across the state and enroll eligible individuals.

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