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Introduction: Barriers to medication access contribute to excess morbidity, mortality, and unnecessary use of healthcare resources. Hospital philanthropic funds assist patients in covering the cost of essential medical needs, which may otherwise be uncovered or unaffordable. Pharmacists have a vital role in ensuring access to medications, however, they are not involved in the fund distribution process. Fund utilization patterns for discharge medications have not yet been evaluated. Objectives: Characterize the use of hospital philanthropic funds to support patient medication access. Characterize patients who receive medications through the hospital philanthropic fund. Identify ways for pharmacy services to help optimize the use hospital philanthropic funds.

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Henry Ford Health


Detroit, Michigan


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Project #08: Stewardship Opportunities for a Hospital Philanthropic Fund for Patient Medication Access



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