NEHI and Prescriptions for a Healthy America convene on HIT policy best practices discussion

HIT policy needs to focus on specific goals for improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the U.S. healthcare system, according to an expert panel convened today by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and Prescriptions for a Healthy America. Read more >>

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Patient portals boost diabetic medication adherence by 6%

New research from Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health shows that online patient portal access that includes the ability to refill prescriptions can raise the level of medication adherence for diabetic patients by at least six percent. A key feature of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, well-designed patient portals can help encourage engagement and aid patients in understanding their own health by providing personal health information and the ability to communicate with providers in a convenient and efficient way. Read more >>

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Into the Cloud For Enhanced Drug Adherence

Cloud-based computing has come to health systems, and it promises to be a powerful tool in the fight against medication nonadherence—a persistent problem that continues to boost 30-day hospital readmissions and trigger potentially steep payment penalties. Read more >>

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ealth Plan Innovations in Medication Therapy Management: Effective Practices for Diabetes Care and Other Chronic Conditions

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) has become an essential strategy to address some of the nation’s highest priorities in health care: improving health outcomes and lowering costs for people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses; protecting patient safety; promoting effective care transitions; and reducing preventable hospital admissions and readmissions. Read more >>
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Walgreens Announces Collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Improve HIV Prevention and Outcomes

In support of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., Walgreens is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and evaluate a model of HIV patient-centered care through a national project aimed at advancing clinical integration and medication therapy management. The program is another way Walgreens is extending its commitment to improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes. Read more >>

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BP medication adherence less likely in patients with PTSD

Patients with uncontrolled hypertension are less likely to adhere to BP medication if they have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, according to recent study data. Read more >>

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15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner raises more than $1.8M

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation celebrated its 15th Annual Foundation Dinner the evening of Dec. 3 in New York City, raising more than $1.8 million to support the Foundation’s research, education and medication adherence initiatives. Read more >>

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P4HA visits North Carolina-Take Your Meds: Strategies for Adherence

Prescriptions for a Healthy America and Council for Affordable Health Coverage President, Joel White, visits North Carolina to join a panel sponsored by the NC Alliance for Healthy Communities and discuss what the state can do to promote medication adherence. He is quoted in the North Carolina Health News article below:

Take Your Meds: Strategies for Adherence

By Rose Hoban, North Carolina Health News

One of the most vexing problems for physicians is getting patients to take their medications. But in an era where payment is tied to how patients actually fare as a result of seeing the doctor, now health care practitioners have more of a stake in figuring out how to get patients to take their pills on a regular basis…Now instead of placing all of the responsibility on patients to “comply,” health care experts talk about finding strategies to help patients “adhere” to their medication regimens.

“We did a poll of about 800 consumers back in may, and two-thirds of respondents said they were not adherence to their medications over the previous month,” said Joel White of the Washington, D.C.-based Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

“That means bad things happen in terms of health, hospitalizations, disease progression and, at the extreme end, death,” he said. “On the cost side, if you have a patient who’s not taking his heart medication and he has a heart attack and ends up in the hospital, he’s just cost the health care system $70,000 or $80,000 associated with that admission.”

White said his organization has crunched the numbers: People not taking their medications costs the health care system upwards of $300 billion in avoidable costs per year, some $100 billion of that in the form of hospitalization related to medication non-adherence or adverse reactions because patients were not taking medications correctly. Read more here>>

Source North Carolina Health News


NCPIE: Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda

Lack of prescription medicine adherence can be considered America’s “other drug problem,” leading to unnecessary disease progression, disease complications, reduced functional abilities, a lower quality of life, and even possibly premature death. Such downstream effects also increasingly contribute to our overall national health expenditures. That is why in 2007, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) issued Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan. Calling for a national mobilization to reduce adverse health and economic consequences associated with this pervasive public health threat, the report documented the numerous behavioral, social, economic, medical and policy-related factors that contribute to patients not taking their medicines as prescribed and released a ten-step blueprint for action across the continuum of care- from diagnosis through treatment, and follow-up patient care and monitoring. Read more >>

Source: NCPIE’s

PhRMA Foundation Seeks Applications for the 2014 Young Investigator Adherence Award Program

The program provides financial support for investigators whose research aims to advance knowledge of innovative and effective approaches to improve medication adherence.

The Foundation offers three types of awards to be granted for one year:

  1. Pre-doctoral fellowship award of $25,000
  2. Post-doctoral fellowship award of $50,000
  3. Research starter grants of $50,000 for research faculty at the beginning of their career

The application deadline is October 1, 2013. For more information, please visit

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