Improved Medication Adherence is Major Opportunity for Change in State Healthcare Systems

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), along with Prescriptions for a Healthy America and My Campaign Group, has released a white paper on one of the many challenges facing our health care system – medication adherence and how to empower people to more effectively and efficiently manage their chronic conditions. Prepared for the Democratic Governors Association, Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve through Better Medication Adherence for People Suffering from Chronic Disease, provides a series of cost-saving policy options focused on caring for the significant and growing number of Americans coping with chronic conditions by enabling people to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs through medication adherence.

Lack of adherence to recommended medications to treat chronic illness is driving up healthcare costs and hurting the U.S. economy. Lack of adherence to medication is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations. While non-adherence costs the U.S. healthcare system between $100 billion and $289 billion annually, improved adherence to diabetes medications alone could avert 699,000 emergency department visits and 341,000 hospitalizations annually, resulting in savings of approximately $4.7 billion.