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A University of Hawaii at Hilo study designed to decrease medicine-related re-hospitalizations of older adults has been chosen as a featured presentation at next February’s CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore, MD. The Pharm2Pharm study demonstrated that patients are less likely to get re-hospitalized when specially trained pharmacists provide prescription-management services. Insurers such as Medicare were estimated to save $6.6 million at the hospitals that participated. Making medical data available to pharmacists was key to the program’s success. Data-sharing technology allowed them to learn a participating patient’s lab results that showed how effective a drug is. Pharmacists also could see each of a patient’s prescriptions — from all physicians — and could coach patients after learning which prescriptions were indeed filled.