Medication Reconciliation: Avoiding Dangerous Errors - CMEZ718

Medication Reconciliation: Avoiding Dangerous Errors

by Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD
(4.5 / 4 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


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. “Reconciling Medication Information” was added as a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal in 2005 with the intent to “accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care.” The addition of medication reconciliation as an NPSG created an awareness of the benefits of the service and formalized the process in order to bridge the gap between a patient’s medication history and acute treatments. This CE module 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 program is to deepen nurses’, advance practiced nurses’, physicians’, and pharmacists’ understandings of the medication reconciliation process and requirements, and to emphasize the importance of medication reconciliation in improving patient safety. After studying the information presented here, you will 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 providers’ roles in providing both medication history and medication reconciliation services to patients and to the rest of the healthcare team

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians and pharmacists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning 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.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 9/29/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/16/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/16/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Sarah C - Columbus, MS  ·  Feb 05, 2018
this course was useful.
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Mihaela O - Princeton, NJ  ·  Dec 10, 2017
good material to read regarding medications reconcilliation
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Frances S - Sugar Land, TX  ·  Oct 14, 2017
succinct and to the point.
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Marieta S - Red Hook, NY, NY  ·  Aug 11, 2017
this course is very helpfull
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Cherise W - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Apr 18, 2017
Much better with the audio. Very informative. THANK YOU!!!!!
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Price: $15.00
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