Medication Synchronization

A growing body of evidence suggests that medication adherence programs have the potential to reduce health spending and, in the process, generate significant savings for taxpayers.  

One proposal, Medication Synchronization, is a promising intervention that offers an important opportunity for improving medication adherence.  It works like this:

  •  The program synchronizes prescription fills to one day of the month for patients to pick up or receive, via mail-order, all prescriptions. 
  • In the appointment-based synchronization model, in advance of each fill, pharmacists contact the patient to remind and receive authorization for filling the medications, conduct medication reconciliation, and deliver medication management services.

harvard study on med sync programs' IMPACT ON ADHERENCE AND HEALTH CARE USE published in health affairs- 2018

Medication synchronization programs were associated with a 9% reduction in hospitalization and ER visits and improved adherence for patients with cardiovascular disease. 

fiscal impact of expanding med sync programs

P4HA Chief Economist models the effects of expanding medication synchronization programs on national health expenditures >> Estimates savings could total up to $42 billion in annual healthcare costs. 

infographic- potential cost savings resulting from expanding med sync programs

One-page handout explaining medication synchronization programs and what Congress can do to improve health outcomes and save money.

"How to Synchronize Your Health" on The Doctors