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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Medication reconciliation is a comprehensive review of a patient’s active medications during care transitions. It is a strategy that enables healthcare providers to make better prescribing decisions for patients. The Joint Commission (TJC) added medication reconciliation to the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) over a decade ago with the intent to improve medication safety across the continuum of care. The addition of medication reconciliation as an NPSG created an awareness of the benefits of the reconciliation and formalized the process to bridge the gap between a patient’s medication history and acute treatments. This course provides information about the medication reconciliation process and requirements, as well as the importance of medication reconciliation in improving patient safety. The goal of this course is to inform providers, nurses, and pharmacists with knowledge about medication reconciliation.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the impact of medication discrepancies on patients and the healthcare system
  • Describe the differences between medication history and medication reconciliation
  • Discuss the healthcare providersÂ’ roles in providing both medication history and medication reconciliation services to patients and to the rest of the healthcare team
  • Identify two important components of medication reconciliation.
  • Define the healthcare provider’s role in providing both medication history and medication reconciliation services to patients.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 06/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.