Grant Title: Integration of a fall risk assessment model into community pharmacist workflow
Grants Awarded Number
Grant Complete, 2019
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Grant Category
Therapeutics, Diseases & Populations
Geriatrics, Fall Risk
Grant Docs

Every year, older Americans experience approximately 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated 31 billion dollars in Medicare costs. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in older adults, yet less than half report their falls to a healthcare provider. With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths are expected to rise, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken. Majority of falls can be prevented through a fall risk assessment, and community pharmacists can play an integral role in fall prevention. The goal of this project is to create a model for the implementation of fall risk assessment into community pharmacy workflow by interviewing community pharmacists regarding their current fall risk assessment practices to determine their readiness to collaborate with providers. Fall risk screenings and assessments address modifiable risk factors such as high-risk medication use and patient education that are key reporting quality measures under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 MACRA. This project will help align community pharmacists with outpatient providers on reimbursable services that will expand pharmacist roles and ultimately enhance patient care.

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Ongoing Impact
5/30/2019 - CPF grant assists researcher Korey Kennelty to obtain one of three CDC $3 million funded research grants.  
  • Applicant:
    Korey Kennelty
    PharmD, MS, PhD
    The University of Iowa