News & Updates

World Health Day – Diabetes
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on April 04, 2016

This year, World Health Day is calling attention to the diabetes population. A recent study of Type 2 diabetes patients found that there may be a way to improve adherence through predictive analytics data. The role pharmacists play in improving the lives of these patients is essential.

Spring Cleaning – Medicine Cabinet Clutter
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on March 25, 2016

Spring cleaning is more than just the time of year when people clean their houses in excess. It also presents an opportunity for pharmacists to talk about the cluttered medicine cabinet and what this represents for medication adherence.

Inconsistent EMR Documentation
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on March 22, 2016

The challenges patients face in staying on top of their meds are extensive. A recent study suggests that provider error is a factor that can't be overlooked when assessing the causes of nonadherence.

Enhanced MTM Program On The Way
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on March 14, 2016

CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced their plans for a five-year federal program called the Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management pilot. The program will be implemented in 11 states, beginning in January 2017.

Challenges of Adherence in Type 2 Diabetes
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on March 07, 2016

Medication adherence is particularly challenging for patients with type 2 diabetes. Many of their health implications can be controlled with quality medication adherence. However, those living in low-income populations are presented with increased difficulties in adherence.

Improving Adherence with Artificial Intelligence
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on February 29, 2016

Medication adherence is an issue that doesn't only affect patients who struggle with their daily prescriptions, but also significantly impacts clinical trials. New artificial technology offers a mode to address these potential issues for researchers.

Don’t Forget to Care for the Family Caregiver
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on February 19, 2016

Family caregivers deserve endless recognition for the services they provide their loved one's. However, recent research has found that attention needs to be directed to the potential sacrifices they are making in providing this care that often goes unnoticed.

Can Coupons Help Drive Patient Adherence?
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on February 15, 2016

Text messages have recently been cited as a possible solution for improving patient adherence. In addition to text reminders, one program is including coupons with these text alerts to help drive patients to the pharmacy.

Improve Medication Adherence…With Text Messages
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on February 05, 2016

Cell phones are virtually everywhere nowadays, so it makes sense that such a common technology should be used in conjunction with aiding the issue of non-adherence. A recent study suggests text messaging may significantly increase adherence.

ACOs Need Increased Clinical Pharmacist Involvement
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on January 29, 2016

Accountable Care Organizations strive to provide valuable, high quality and effective coordinated care to patients. The pharmacist should have a significant role on the care teams, yet 43% of ACOs do not employ a clinical pharmacist according to a recent report.

Measuring Adherence: From the Inside, Out
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on January 22, 2016

Medication non-adherence continues to be a serious problem in today's healthcare environment. Up until now, there has been no finite way to determine if a patient is truly staying adherent. Ingestible sensors plan to bridge this gap.

An Uber for Medications – Replacing Pharmacists?
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on January 15, 2016

Some may call this Manhattan-based startup company the Uber for pharmacies. ZipDrug is a prescription delivery service app that eliminates the need for the traditional prescription pick-up at a local pharmacy.

Pharmacist Pilot Program Enhances Care in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on January 07, 2016

Patient-Centered Medical Homes are a model by which care is delivered to patients with an emphasis on each individual's needs and preferences. The addition of a pharmacist to the care team is expected to improve patient wellness and health outcomes.

Med Sync Satisfies Both The Patient & Pharmacist
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on December 31, 2015

According to a survey of NCPA-member pharmacies, pharmacists and patients are both in support of medication synchronization programs, aka med sync. The programs prove to benefit each party in a variety of ways.

Medicare Provides Flexibility With New Adherence Pilot
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on December 18, 2015

CMS has announced an updated Medicare program that will offer more flexibility for PDPs to utilize MTM services. The new pilot is set to begin in 2017 and seeks to improve on previously unimpressive successes of the current and past program offerings.

Adherence at ASHP– Hospital Pharmacists Care as Much as Their Community Peers
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on December 14, 2015

The solutions featured at ASHP Midyear had a clear, common purpose. With the transition to a value-based healthcare system, reducing costs and improving care quality is top of mind for health systems. Medication adherence is an issue that they are turning attention to as they seek to reduce readmissions and earn reimbursement.

HIV/AIDS: Progress On The Disease and How Pharmacists Can Help
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on December 04, 2015

The HIV/AIDS virus has been a major public health concern ever since the epidemic first began in the early 1980s. In recent years there has been substantial progress made in the fight against the disease and in today's healthcare system there are pieces in place to effectively end the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Thanksgiving: A Time for Great Food and Important Conversations
by Karen Gertz, Marketing Manager, Omnicell Inc.
on November 23, 2015

ElderCare.com recently posted an interesting piece that discusses the importance of medication management, specifically around Thanksgiving. This blog links the topic of poor medication adherence to having a conversation around the kitchen table.

Improving Star Ratings with Medication Therapy Management
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on November 20, 2015

In the recently released CMS 2016 Star Rating data, it found that Part D prescription drug plans did not score too well. The addition of Medication Therapy Management Program Completion Rates into the Star Ratings may have something to do with the results. With 48% of the measures being influenced by medication adherence in one way or another, MTM programs play a significant role in improving scores.

The Importance of Medication Adherence: The FDA Weighs In
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on November 16, 2015

Medication adherence is the cause of many problems, both on a personal health level and on a larger healthcare cost level. The FDA hosts Drug Info Rounds on a near month to month basis calling attention to a variety of issues. For this month's video, medication adherence and the strategies pharmacists are using to help patients is the topic.

The Importance of Medication Adherence During National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month & National Caregiver’s Month
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on November 09, 2015

November calls attention to both Alzheimer's Awareness and Caregiver Awareness. We feel it is important to highlight the relationship between these causes and call attention to the way caregivers provide support for Alzheimer's patients.

Medication Adherence and Diabetes Costs: Intrinsically Linked
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on November 02, 2015

Diabetes is considered the most expensive traditional therapy class with costs expected to rise to $161.80 by 2017. Though 1/3 of Americans are expected to have this disease by 2050, there is hope. More tailored patient care and improved medication adherence help reduce costs long term and make it easier for patients to manage their condition from day to day.

Taking Care of Medication Adherence
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on October 27, 2015

Medication non-adherence is an issue that costs healthcare systems millions of dollars every year. A new survey based in the UK attempts to shed light on patient medication habits and the varied reasons for non-adherence.

Community Pharmacists & Medication Adherence: NCPA Reflections
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on October 23, 2015

Following the NCPA Conference last week, we wanted to reflect on how current campaigns and the push for provider status is impacting medication adherence. Is enough being done, or does this conference bring to light areas that are lacking when it comes to adherence promotion?

Is Patient Education = Adherence Tools? Research Suggests Yes
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on October 12, 2015

As patients tend to stop taking medications when they feel healthy, new research seeks to examine how better education around the importance of consistent medication-taking behaviors can end this trend. Rather than replace, this education would supplement and enhance the efficacy of existing tools and apps available on the market.

Will Insurance Incentives Improve Adherence? CMS is Determined to Find Out.
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on October 05, 2015

Given that insurers are implicated in the high cost of medication nonadherence, including paying for costly services when preventative measures aren’t followed, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new experiment that directly involves payors in improving patient adherence.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR STAYING ADHERENT
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on September 25, 2015

While traveling is an exciting opportunity for anyone, for individuals managing multiple daily medications it can often come with a few headaches. Follow these tips to ensure you're safely managing medications, and getting the most out of your trip.

In-House Pharmacists Increase Adherence
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on September 14, 2015

Employers are exploring the efficacy of onsite pharmacies that offer a more convenient option for employees to fill their prescriptions. One such program found the average medication possession ratio to increase up to 20% among participants using the onsite pharmacy than those using an off-site location.

The Internet Holds the Answer – Even to Adherence!
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on September 11, 2015

According to a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association, online prescription refills are having a positive influence on improving medication adherence.

The NACDS Total Store Expo and Medication Adherence
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on August 23, 2015

This past week, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores held its Total Store Expo, offering a place where industry experts can gather and focus on the future. Aside from the opportunity to restock your pen collection, the Expo offers a platform for partnership which is particularly important as pharmacists navigate the complex problem of medication non-adherence.

How to Pay for Prescriptions? Try Costco, or Talk to Your Pharmacist!
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on August 17, 2015

As prescription drug prices continue to climb, what can pharmacists and patient do to regain control? Consumer Reports issued the results of a poll around prescription drug prices in a Washington Post article this week, highlighting strategies patients can use to keep their out-of-pocket costs low.

Texts Show Promise for Adherence–But What If Your Phone Dies?
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on August 05, 2015

Healthcare IT News reported on the benefits of mobile health medication inquiry systems (MIS) in engaging patients in their own care but do we understand the limitations and potential drawbacks?

With $1 of Every $9 Wasted, Only Patients Can Make the Difference
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on July 30, 2015

This week Specialty Pharmacy Times reported on a study showing that $1 of every $9 spent on healthcare in the U.S. is wasted due to poor medication adherence. For years, numbers ranging from $190B to $330B have been used to frame the issue, however we’ve now just cleared $337 billion in total spending.

Recommendations on Expanding Population of People who should begin taking Statins Leads to Less Heart Disease, if the drugs are taken!
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on July 13, 2015

New research offers support for increasing the number of Americans taking statins for high-cholesterol. Studies show that these additional patients would in fact benefit from being on a statin regimen, pushing the issue of medication adherence to the forefront.

Are Expensive Medications Causing Payers to Pressure Prescribers?
by Todd Wormington, R.Ph, MBA, Sr. Clinical Product Manager, Omnicell, Inc.
on June 30, 2015

According to an article last week in MedCity News, expensive cholesterol drugs, up to $1,000 a month for indefinite periods of time, place extreme pressure on prescribers to ensure medication adherence by patients.

Omnicell Endorsement of MTM Legislation
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on March 19, 2015

Omnicell has endorsed S. 776, The Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2015.

Survey: Physicians Value Medication Adherence, But Counsel Patients Infrequently
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on March 16, 2015

Physicians believe medication adherence is a critical factor in clinical outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, yet fewer than half include medication adherence counseling when prescribing new drugs,

Patients Benefit from Pharmacy-Provided Medication Synchronization Programs
by Bri Morris, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Community Pharmacists Association
on February 21, 2015

New research confirms the medication adherence benefit of medication synchronization programs.

Support for Expanded MTM Eligibility and Improved Enrollment
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on February 11, 2015

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging issued a report in December 2014, "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit: Increasing Use and Access of Affordable Prescription Drugs."

NCPA Survey: The Promise and Prospects of Medication Synchronization
by Bri Morris, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Community Pharmacists Association
on February 02, 2015

Learn how patients feel about medication synchronization.

The Human and Financial Costs of Chronic Disease
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on January 20, 2015

With the chronic disease rate steadily rising, the need for medication is increasing as well.

The Importance of Medication Adherence in Chronic Disease Management
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on January 13, 2015

For chronic disease management, prescription medications are the most common tools used to treat and manage conditions. Although most of these conditions can be prevented and/or managed, compliance is most importantly required from the patients.

The Problem of Medication Non-adherence
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on January 06, 2015

Non-adherence to prescribed medical regimens has far reaching effects across the healthcare industry.

What Does Medication Adherence Entail?
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on December 22, 2014

Although medication adherence may seem like straightforward behavior, it is actually complex. It ultimately requires compliance from the patient for all appointments, prescriptions, and medication.

Medication Adherence: An Opportunity for ACO Cost Savings
by Ken Perez, VP of Healthcare Policy, Omnicell
on December 18, 2014

Medication adherence could be the answer to ACOs struggling to achieve cost-saving goals and performance standards.