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Welcome to the 2014 Rural Health Association of Oklahoma Annual Conference! Enjoy your time at the conference and be sure to visit with the exhibitors & sponsors. Follow the conference on Twitter by using the #rhao14 hastag. WiFi access provided by Rural Community Hospitals of America, LLC. WiFi Username: Norman; WiFi Password: Norman5
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Wednesday, September 17 • 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Bridging the Gap: Hospital to Home

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Session Description
SWOSU College of Pharmacy Office of Rural Health is dedicated to enhancing healthcare in the rural community. Our goal is to show the importance of involving the clinical pharmacist in the rural setting.

  • Medication order review: Through medication order review & medication reconciliation in small rural hospitals, errors are reduced and adverse drug events are decreased. A clinical pharmacist reviews drug therapy dosing (Beer’s list, creatinine clearance), therapeutic overlap, and drug interaction-incompatibilities thus reducing hospital readmission and providing a potential cost savings to the hospital.
  • Transitional Care: Transitional care by a clinical pharmacist performing hospital discharge consultation improves patient understanding of their medication, proper utilization, avoids duplication of therapy, and educates patients on any potential adverse effects. The clinical pharmacist can maximize the benefits of the hospital stay and increase adherence. The clinical pharmacist can bridge the gap by providing a continuity of care from the hospital to home.
  • MTM (Medication Therapy Management) :Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is an expanding area under new Accountable Care Act and Centers for Medicare Service guidelines. MTM focus is on Patient Centered Care attempting to maximize the patient’s treatment and reduce the number of drug related problems. MTM enhances the preventive care of the patient and quality outcome measures. CMS is expanding the number of Medicare patients required to have Medication Therapy Review. Also the 5 star ratings and pharmacy report card can impact healthcare in the rural setting. MTM has a positive impact on patient outcomes in the inpatient and outpatient settings.


Randy G. Curry, DPh

Randy G. Curry grew up in rural Texas panhandle. He received a BS degree in pharmacy (’77) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford. As a pharmacist and pharmacy owner, he served the people of north central Oklahoma rural communities by helping with their healthcare needs. Randy also served the community through his involvement in emergency management, the fire department, and city council. With over 30 years of... Read More →

Kalie Kerth, DPh

Kalie Kerth is the clinical pharmacist for rural health services offered through Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Rural Health Network. She was born and raised in Forgan, Oklahoma. She grew up in a small rural farming community and has long understood the importance of rural networking. Kalie graduated Summa Cum Laude from SWOSU College of Pharmacy in 2011 with her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. In recognition of high academic... Read More →

Wednesday September 17, 2014 2:05pm - 3:00pm
Sooner Room Embassy Suites Norman - Hotel & Conference Center

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