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Transitions of Care


When individuals with medical problems move from one healthcare setting to another, such as from a hospital back into the patients’ home, the coordination is a critically important “transition of care.” According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), nearly one in five Medicare patients who leave the hospital return within 30 days at a cost of over $26 billion per year. The aim of this project is to determine the effect of a hospital-community “team approach” during the hospital discharge process on the quality of medication management, thereby reducing hospital readmissions.

Preventive Screenings for Tuberculosis


Tuberculosis testing and latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI) treatments are important public health services and have been the cornerstone of TB prevention in the United States. The goal of this research project is two-fold: (1) to survey patients and understand their perception of receiving TB testing in a community-based environment and (2) to evaluate patient outcomes and access to care when TB testing and treatment are provided in a community pharmacy setting. The study will also explore models to increase follow-up treatment in an effort to limit transmission.

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