MedsCheck

The MedsCheck program is changing! Starting in July 2016, program enhancements including standardized documentation and tools will be introduced by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (with formal implementation expected across all Ontario pharmacies by October 1, 2016.) For more information on the revitalized program, and to access the resources provided by the Ministry, please visit their website. Updated documents will be added to the OPA website in the coming days.

Determining Patient Eligibility

Patient Eligibility Eligibility criteria
* Eligible patients must be Ontario residents with a valid OHIP card
Restrictions
* MedsCheck services cannot be conducted over the phone or through video conferencing
MedsCheck Annual Taking 3 or more chronic prescription medications.
  • Once annually 
  • Not available in conjunction with MedsCheck at Home or MedsCheck for Diabetes 
  • Not available in conjunction with a MedsCheck LTC unless performed prior to patient’s admission into a LTC 
MedsCheck Follow-up For patients that have received a MedsCheck Annual and require a follow-up based on the following criteria: 
  • A patient is discharged from hospital
  • A pharmacist's documented decision
  • A physician or nurse practitioner request
  • A planned hospital admission
  • Home Not available in conjunction with MedsCheck at Home 
  • Not available in conjunction with MedsCheck LTC unless performed prior to patient’s admission into a LTC Home
MedsCheck for Diabetes Must be diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and taking a medication for their condition
  • Once annually
  • Not available in conjunction with MedsCheck LTC or MedsCheck at Home unless performed prior to patient’s admission into a LTC Home
Note: If a patient is diagnosed with diabetes and has received a MedsCheck Annual within the previous 12 months; this patient is eligible for a MedsCheck for Diabetes
MedsCheck for Diabetes Follow-up

For patients that have received MedsCheck for Diabetes at the same pharmacy and require a follow-up consultation for purpose of:

  • Patient monitoring,
  • Diabetes device training (includes advice on glucose meters & test strips; overview of diabetes supplies, and drugs & sharps disposal)
  • Diabetes education.
  • Multiple follow-ups may be conducted.
  • MedsCheck for Diabetes Follow-up visit must take place at the same pharmacy that provided the MedsCheck for Diabetes Annual assessment service.
MedsCheck at Home Taking minimum 3 or more prescription medications for chronic conditions and who are not able to attend the community pharmacy:

Typical patients include:
  • Frail and elderly 
  • Home bound 
  • Living in isolated conditions
  • Cannot be conducted at the community pharmacy.
  • If patient receives a MedsCheck at Home, he/she is not eligible for a MedsCheck Annual, or MedsCheck for Diabetes after the fact.
  • Not available in conjunction with MedsCheck LTC unless performed prior to patient’s admission into a LTC Homed
MedsCheck LTC (Annual and quarterly) Residents of a licensed Long-Term Care Home
  • Cannot conducted entirely from the community pharmacy (may be initiated at the pharmacy only)
  • One annual review per patient calendar year
  • Eligible for quarterly reviews every 3 months (4 per year).  Annual review may replace one quarterly review. - Patients receiving MedsCheck LTC are not eligible for any other MedsCheck services
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