Michigan Medicine Renews Certification as Anticoagulation Center of Excellence

November 25, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

Michigan Medicine’s combined Inpatient and Outpatient Anticoagulation Service is pleased to announce that we have passed the AC Forum’s assessment program, and has earned the designation an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence. The rigorous assessment gave us the chance to measure our practice against five key areas of patient care. The program also gives us ongoing access to a rich library of resources providing guidelines and tools to keep up with the changing field of anticoagulation. Participation in this program since 2014 demonstrates Michigan Medicine’s ongoing goal to achieve the highest level of care and the best possible outcomes for our patients on antithrombotic medications.

Michigan Medicine’s Anticoagulation Service includes significant pharmacist involvement in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Inpatient pharmacists dose and monitor most therapeutic anticoagulation for inpatients, and facilitate communication of dosing and monitoring plans to improve transitions of care from the inpatient to outpatient settings. Pharmacists and nurses in the Michigan Medicine Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic dose and monitor warfarin for our ambulatory patients. Additionally, the pharmacists facilitate anticoagulation transitions around invasive procedures. Pharmacists collaborate with physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers to develop guidelines for anticoagulation management in both settings.

Thank you to all of our pharmacists involved in caring for patients on anticoagulants for helping our program achieve this recognition, and especially to Liza Renner, PharmD from the outpatient service and Sarah Hanigan, PharmD from the inpatient service for their leadership in pursuing this recognition for the Michigan Medicine Anticoagulation Service!

The Anticoagulation Forum is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. To explore the program visit: www.excellence.acforum.org