Patient-Centered Models in Medication Adherence:
Reducing Costs and Improving Compliance

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Medication non-compliance is not only dangerous for patients — it's the fourth leading
cause of death in the United States — but costs the healthcare industry upwards of
$150 billion annually. The World Health Organization estimates that only 50 percent
of patients typically follow doctors' orders when taking prescription drugs, and other
studies show that non-compliance is driving 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing
home admissions.

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, Commander’s
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
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