Solving Medication ManagementA Team-Based Approach to Nullifying Non-adherence
The challenges facing healthcare teams include systemic issues that center around access, quality of care, and high costs. Across settings, one of the fundamental drivers contributing to the crisis is medication non-adherence.
According to Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, patient medication non-adherence is a problem that causes more than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations, nearly 125,000 U.S. deaths each year and adds $290 billion in avoidable costs to the healthcare system annually.
Yet, despite the growing recognition of the challenges surrounding medication adherence, little progress has been made to improve adherence at a population level.
Join us on November 13, 2012, to learn about innovative patient-centered medication management programs making strides in improving medication adherence. The faculty will provide practical tips that you and your team take away and implement in your setting.
About the Webinar
Medication adherence refers to patients who take their medications as prescribed and whether they continue to take a prescribed medication as they should. Approximately 187 million Americans take one or more prescription medications in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases.
If medications are not filled, refilled or taken correctly, significant adverse consequences can result. Poor medication adherence takes its toll on the healthcare system through unnecessary illness, disability, premature death, and wasteful spending.
A successful approach to medication adherence is one that is patient-centered, leverages the unique skill-sets of the pharmacist, and is ideally coordinated by a dedicated high-performance care team with timely sharing of pharmacy data.
NEHI, a nonprofit, health policy institute, identified the four most promising solutions for public and private policymakers to pursue in addressing the issue of medication adherence as part of health reform efforts, including:
• Creating Healthcare Teams. Although physicians play a key role in improving medication adherence, the complexity of the issue necessitates additional support through care teams incorporating nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians. These teams increase the number of checks on adherence as patients move through the healthcare system.
• Patient Engagement and Education. Counseling by primary care providers or pharmacists to ensure that patients understand the important role of their medication in improving their condition is critical to encouraging sustained adherence.
• Payment Reform. Realigning reimbursement incentives would encourage providers to invest in resources such as counseling services that would improve patient outcomes by increasing medication adherence.
• Leveraging Health Information Technology. Secure, reliable and robust information flows via technologies such as electronic health records, e-prescribing and clinical decision support systems would give providers a full sense of a patient’s current medications, indicating whether a patient has filled or refilled a medication.
To date, measurement of patient medication adherence and use of interventions to improve adherence are rare in routine clinical practice. For this reason, medication adherence has been called the “next frontier in quality improvement.”
Join us on November 13, 2012, as our faculty discusses ideas that will stimulate you and your team to focus on strategies that will improve medication adherence in your patients.
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How Does the Webinar Work?
The live audio is delivered to your location over the telephone or your computer speakers. The Power-Point presentations are presented over the Internet and are available to print out before the program. This is like a talk-radio program with visuals on the Web. You and your team will be able to have a live Q&A with all the speakers.