Medication management and good communication between caregivers and providers are two crucial factors to promoting successful patient recoveries, especially during transitions to and from hospital, long-term care, and home care settings. Caregivers often provide clinicians with valuable information that may not be available from the patient; they also provide continuity for the patient and help that would not be available anywhere else. Because of this importance in drug management and communication, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the United Hospital Fund of New York’s Next Step In Care Campaign produced a series of educational podcasts: Helping Patients and Caregivers Take the Next Step in Care: Medication Management. These podcasts are featured on the CMS YouTube channel.
These free podcasts can be used for provider staff and caregiver trainings, or just played in providers’ waiting rooms. For more information for caregivers and providers, see the “Ask Medicare” section of Medicare.gov.