P4HA Lauds Jenkins/Thompson Bill Improving Coordination of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON, DC (July 27, 2017) - Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA), the medication adherence campaign of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, praised the House introduction of H.R. 3447, the Furthering Access to Coordinated Treatment for Seniors (FACTS) Act of 2017, sponsored by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS), and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM).

The bipartisan legislation mirrors an amendment unanimously added to the Senate Finance Committee-approved CHRONIC Care Act earlier this year and would require that Medicare Parts A and B claims data be made available to Part D plans. This would, in turn, empower Part D plans to identify patients most at risk of medication mismanagement and tailor programs to address these medication problems among enrollees. P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg released the following statement: 

"Medication non-adherence is a $300 billion crisis that claims the lives of at least 125,000Americans each year. This policy solution, long championed by P4HA and its partners, offers a bipartisan, commonsense step towards addressing this challenge by ensuring that hospitals and physicians have a framework for communicating with Medicare drug plans; providing all parties a clear picture of patients' unique healthcare needs so treatment plans can be adapted accordingly,"said P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg. "Today there exists a dangerous disconnect between the clinical setting, where patients are diagnosed, and the pharmacy setting, where patients receive their medications. This legislation will break down the silos that allow medication mismanagement to fester unseen and give providers a better chance at identifying those most at risk of nonadherence before it is too late. We believe this measure will reduce costs and, most importantly, save lives. P4HA thanks Representatives Jenkins, Thompson, Harper, and Lujan for their leadership on this matter. We will deploy the full strength of our coalition to gather cosponsors and urge passage of this sorely-needed legislation." 
 

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About Prescriptions for a Healthy America:
Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence (P4HA) (www.adhereforhealth.org) was launched in 2013 by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. P4HA brings together leading patient, physician and health care industry leaders to urge policymakers to implement near-term solutions that will help reduce health care costs and improve the lives of patients across the nation. 

About P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg, M.S.: 
Sloane Salzburg brings a decade of healthcare and life science experience to her role with P4HA and the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, where she leads the coalition's work on policies related to medication adherence, precision medicine, and general health reform. A former Congressional health policy fellow, Sloane holds a Masters of Science from Georgetown University in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy and a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida. Sloane has previously been an adjunct professor in biology at Daytona State Community College and worked as an emergency room technician.