New Market Data on Medication Adherence: Use of Multidose Blister Packs Quadruples in One Year
"Medication Adherence in 2013: Closer Look at Compliance During Care Transitions" is a new white paper from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.
2013-02-28 23:20:38 - The use of multidose blister packs as a strategy to improve medication compliance quadrupled in the last year, according to new market research from
the Healthcare Intelligence Network.
SEA GIRT, NJ, USA, February 27, 2013 --- The percentage of healthcare companies reporting the use of multidose blister packs rose from 7 percent in 2011 to 29 percent in 2012, according to 100 organizations who completed the third annual Healthcare Intelligence Network survey on Improving Medication Adherence.
The survey also found that the industry is paying more attention to medication adherence (MA) during transitions from one care site to another, such as when a patient is discharged from the hospital to home or to a skilled nursing facility. Fifty-four percent of MA programs target this transitioning population, an increase of 17 percent over last year.
The use of MA assessment tools such as the REALM-R, Medication Knowledge Survey and
CMS OASIS Data Set has doubled and in some cases quadrupled over the last year, respondents reported.
In new metrics identified by this year's survey, nearly half --- 47 percent --- of respondents include home visits in the MA intervention.
More results from the survey are available in the latest HINtelligence report, "Medication Adherence in 2013: Closer Look at Compliance During Care Transitions," a complimentary downloadable HIN white paper.
NEWS FACTS: HIN's white paper, "Medication Adherence in 2013: Closer Look at Compliance During Care Transitions," summarizes January 2013 responses from 100 health plans, hospitals, physician practices and others on MA program components, tools and technology, and results and ROI. Other data highlights from the survey include the following:
* Hypertension has replaced diabetes as the condition most receptive to MA efforts, say 61 percent of this year's respondents.
* The availability of lower-priced medication alternatives as an MA strategy nearly doubled in the last 12 months --- from 17 percent to 30 percent.
* There are more retail or community pharmacists on the MA scene today --- 53 percent in 2013 versus 48 percent in 2012.
* The use of mobile apps as part of an MA offering declined from 36 percent in 2012 to just 15 percent among this year's respondents.
QUOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO MELANIE MATTHEWS, HIN EXECUTIVE VP AND COO:
"When patients and health plan members take medication as prescribed, everyone wins. Individuals become more proficient at disease self-management, and are less likely to require hospitalization or an ER visit due to a medication-related adverse event. There are many valuable prescriptions for improving medication adherence in these survey results, particularly in an era of penalties for 30-day Medicare hospital readmissions."
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