Patients who do not take their medications as prescribed by their doctors cost
the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $290 billion in avoidable medical
spending every year, according to a new report by the New England Healthcare
Institute (NEHI).

NEHIís research, contained in the new report, Thinking Outside the Pillbox:
A System-wide Approach to Improving Patient Medication Adherence for
Chronic Disease
, notes that one third to one half of all patients do not
take their medications properly. Patients with chronic diseases — which affect
more than half of all Americans — are particularly susceptible to spotty adherence
practices that leave them vulnerable to otherwise unnecessary hospitalizations
and additional medical risks. According to one study of diabetes and heart
disease patients cited by NEHI, mortality rates among patients who did not
adhere to their medications were nearly double the rates of those who took
their medications as prescribed.

In Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence:
Reducing Costs and Non-Compliance through Health
Behavior Change
, Connie Commander, immediate
past president of the Case Management Society of America
and president, Commanderís Premier Consulting Corporation,
and Thom Stambaugh, chief pharmacy officer and vice
president of clinical programs and specialty pharmacy, CIGNA
Pharmacy Management, examine common barriers to medication
adherence and present the initiatives that have increased patient
compliance with medication regimes for their organizations.

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Throughout this 35-page report, Commander and Stambaugh describe the collaborative
efforts of case managers, disease managers and health coaches to identify individuals with
medication adherence issues and reduce the negative medical and financial consequences
of medication non-compliance, including its link to 20 percent of preventable adverse drug
events. They provide details on:

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