Today, NEHI released its newest policy brief, Taking Stock: Patient Medication Adherence and Chronic Disease Management. This paper updates research that NEHI conducted a decade ago. There have been several important improvements in medication adherence fostered by changes in insurance coverage, the increased availability of generic, lower cost medications, provider incentives to address population health, and a host of innovations in technology and pharmaceutical care.
Significant opportunities, however, remain to improve both medication adherence and the consistent, appropriate use of medications.
Acknowledging that continued improvements require coordination and continuity of services that affect patient medication use, NEHI has made three recommendations:
1. The need for data and consistent measurement
2. The adoption of value based benefit design
3. The addition of incentives for providers who have the ability to influence and support patients in managing chronic conditions