High risk medications for health care professionals

Check this chart to know when to contact the prescriber.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to develop clinical strategies to monitor and evaluate the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

The NCQA’s Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel identified several categories of medications that have an increased risk of adverse effects to elderly patients. The enclosed chart identifies several key medication categories that CMS and NCQA are monitoring.

In an effort to ensure patients’ safety, many of our clients have established pre-authorization protocols for those prescriptions for high risk medications in patients older than 65 years of age.

Since pharmacists have a very important role in patient care, we want you to be part of this safety initiative.

We strongly encourage that you contact the prescriber when your elderly patient is requesting a new or refilled prescription of a high-risk medication listed on the below chart.

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