3.5. The QMAP’s role in starting, changing or stopping medication orders


 

        In order to start, change or stop a medication order, you must:
  • Have a written physician’s order. Verbal and phone orders cannot be accepted by a QMAP;
  • Facilities may accept faxed orders from a physician, but may not accept faxes from a pharmacist unless it is a copy of a signed physician order;
  • If a client returns from an inpatient hospital stay, the facility must obtain new orders from an authorized practitioner, for each routine and PRN medication that was not included on the discharge orders. “Resume previous orders” is not acceptable;
  • Properly document the new information on the MAR;
  • Follow your facility’s policies and procedures;