Home Medication Reviews (HMR)
Family Pharmacy also offers Home Medications Review through Medicare for free to all eligible clients.
A home medicines review (HMR) will help you understand your medications better and get the most out of their medicines. An HMR is different from a medication review by a GP or hospital. Doctors make sure the person is receiving the right medicines for their condition. An HMR not only ensures that you are taking those medicines correctly, but also, are able to understand why the medications have been prescribed to you and what health benefits to expect from them.
Firstly you will need a referral from your GP to your Family Pharmacist. You will not need to pay for the Home Medicines Review.
Your Family Pharmacist will then come and talk to you, usually at your home if it’s easiest for you, about your medicines. We will take our time and will look at everything, including prescription medicines, over the counter medicines and vitamins and supplements. We will check that everything is being taken correctly and hasn’t passed its use-by date; show you how to store medicines properly; suggest ways of helping you remember to take the right medicines at the right time; and suggest whether any medicines could be changed.
Your Family Pharmacist can also show you how to use and look after any medical devices that you may be using, such as inhalers, blood pressure monitors and blood glucose monitors.
The pharmacist will then write a report and send it to your GP. After going through it with you, the GP will then give you a ‘Medication Management Plan’.
So please come and speak to one of our Pharmacists at your Local Family Pharmacy and let us help you manage your health and take your medications in the best way possible
Home Medicines Review. Home Medicines Reviews have been designed to enhance the quality use of medicines and reduce the number of adverse medicine events, by assisting consumers to better manage and understand their medicines through a medication review conducted by an accredited pharmacist in the patient's home.
Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR)
The Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR), also known as a Home Medicines Review (HMR), is an MBS item for patients living in the community setting. This may only be initiated by a patient’s GP after assessing the patient’s need for the service.
The goal of a DMMR is to maximise an individual patient’s benefit from their medication regimen, and prevent medication-related problems through a team approach, involving the patient’s GP and preferred community pharmacy. It may also involve other relevant members of the health care team, such as nurses in community practice or carers.
The DMMR process utilises the specific knowledge and expertise of each of the health care professionals involved. In collaboration with the GP, a pharmacist comprehensively reviews the patient’s medication regimen in a home visit. After discussion of the pharmacist’s report and findings, the GP and patient agree on a medication management plan. The patient is central to the development and implementation of this plan with their GP. Payment for the review under the MBS will not occur until after the second patient consultation.
Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR)
The Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) is an MBS item for permanent residents of a residential aged care facility (RACF). It involves collaboration between a GP and a pharmacist to review the medication management needs of a resident.
A RMMR is for residents who are likely to benefit from such a service. In particular, it is for residents for whom quality use of medicines may be an issue, or who are at risk of medication misadventure because of a significant change in their condition or medication regimen.
The need for an RMMR can be identified by the resident, the resident’s carer or a member of the resident’s health care team.
The team could include staff of the aged care home, the resident’s doctor, the pharmacist providing medication management review services in an aged care home, or a pharmacist supplying medication to the resident. However, the resident’s doctor must assess the resident and decide whether an RMMR is clinically necessary. As with DMMRs, payment for the review under the MBS will not occur until after the second patient consultation.