Post Acute Care

2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

PAC-3 - Achieving Quality and Financial Outcomes by Improving Medication Safety in Transitions of Care

Tuesday, October 9
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
CE: NAB: 1.25 | Nurses 1.25

Pharmacy-related Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality measures for medication reconciliation and drug regimen review are important in addressing medication-related problems (MRPs) that result in patient harm and increased health services utilization and costs, including ED visits, rehospitalizations, and mortality. This session explores the value of pharmacist-provided medication reconciliation during transitions of care. The speakers will share the impact pharmacists have on resolving MRPs, streamlining individualized care, reducing rehospitalization rates, and decreasing total cost of care.

Learning Objectives:

Frank Grosso, Pharmacist

HealthCare Consults, LLC

Frank L. Grosso, RPh, has been executive director and chief operating officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists since 2014. Grosso has 44 years of long-term care pharmacy experience, most recently as corporate vice president of pharmacy services at Genesis HealthCare, LLC, one of the nation’s largest long-term care providers. His responsibilities included oversight of operational and contracted pharmacy services for 411 nursing facilities and assisted living communities in more than 35 states that are owned and managed by Genesis. Previously, he served as senior vice president of pharmacy operations for NeighborCare Pharmacy and director of long-term care pharmacy at Fay’s Drugs.

A graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, Grosso has been an ASCP member since 1981 and has served on numerous ASCP committees including the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the Advocacy Council. He has been involved in key issues such as short-cycle dispensing, implementation of Medicare Part D, and controlled drugs.


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Marylee B. Grosso, BSPharm, RPh, PD, FASCP

Managing Partner
HealthCare Consults, LLC

Marylee Grosso is Managing Partner for HealthCare Consults, LLC an independent consulting company which provides service to LTPAC Providers, Healthcare and Technology Vendors, Pharmacy Providers and Professional Associations. As managing partner, Marylee provides expertise in the many challenging LTPAC areas such as pharmacy and provider relationship management, nursing operations medication management workflow, pharmacy and medical supply formulary implementation, electronic medication order management including on-site automated dispensing systems, regulatory interpretation and policy development and survey and certification monitoring and reporting. She is a clinical pharmacist with a pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy and 25 years’ experience as Senior Director of Clinical Operations with Genesis Healthcare where she was responsible for clinical pharmacy and medication management programs implementation, med supply produce selection and formulary development and survey monitoring and reporting for 500 plus LTPAC centers. She has been a guest speaker at ASHP, ASCP, AHCA national meetings and served on workgroups for AMDA, ASCP Pharmacy Quality Alliance and AHCA Clinical Practice Committees. Marylee was the 2016 and 2017 co-chair of the ASCP Medication Safety and Transitions of Care Committee and development of the ASCP Transitions of Care Toolkit, the 2017 recipient of the ASCP President’s Award for Business and has been a national speaker and lecturer at AMDA and University of Maryland respectively on the value of pharmacist interventions in the Transitions of Care.


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Addolorata M. Ciccone, PharmD, BCGP

Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist
Jefferson House, Hartford HealthCare

Addolorata M. Ciccone, PharmD, BCGP is the embedded Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist at Jefferson House, a skilled nursing facility within Hartford HealthCare, since 2016. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2013 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in 2015. Dr. Ciccone is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. She is actively involved in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists as Secretary/Treasurer of the Connecticut state chapter and Co-Chair of the national Transitions of Care workgroup. Her professional experience includes speaking at various local, regional and national events on topics such as medication safety, high risk medications, high risk disease states, senior care pharmacy and transitions of care.


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