Think back to the last encounter you had with a health care provider. One of the first questions you were asked was, “What medications are you taking currently?” Whether it was in an acute setting like the emergency room, a routine annual visit, or even at the dentist’s office, this information is vital to ensure that you receive appropriate care. It was not until 2005, when The Joint Commission selected medication reconciliation as one of its National Patient Safety Goals, that the practice of verifying a medication list became a routine process in the delivery of patient care. However . . .
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