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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 has endorsed S. 776, The Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 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,
New research confirms the medication adherence benefit of medication synchronization programs.
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."
Learn how patients feel about medication synchronization.
With the chronic disease rate steadily rising, the need for medication is increasing as well.
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.
Non-adherence to prescribed medical regimens has far reaching effects across the healthcare industry.
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 could be the answer to ACOs struggling to achieve cost-saving goals and performance standards.