P4HA Touts New Research on Medication Synchronization, Urges Action from CMS

WASHINGTON, DC (January 17, 2018): Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA), the medication adherence campaign of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, responded today to research published by Health Affairs on the success of medication synchronization programs to improve proper adherence to treatment regimens.

Synchronization programs align patients' prescription drug refills to enable pickup of all medications on a single visit. Researchers conducting the study found that patients' propensity for medication adherence improved demonstrably when enrolled in a synchronization program, with the greatest benefit derived from those with "erratic filling behaviors" and low baseline adherence. The study further reported that patients in a synchronization program saw their rate of hospitalization fall by 9%.

P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg released the following statement: 
"Medication nonadherence remains the underreported, $300 billion healthcare crisis of our time. With 125,000 Americans dying at the hands of this entirely preventable epidemic each year, Washington should be using every tool in its toolbox to incentivize proper utilization of prescribed therapies - especially those strategies that have concrete evidence of success," said P4HAExecutive Director Sloane Salzburg. "With this study, we see clearly that medication synchronization programs work to help those with chronic conditions and complex healthcare needs stay out of the hospital and stick to their treatment regimen – particularly when programs utilize an appointment-based model that not only makes medications more convenient to fill, but also ensures patients receive counsel on appropriate use."

Salzburg continued, "Now policymakers and industry leaders should put this knowledge into action by making these programs more widely available for those most in need at pharmacy counters nationwide. Specifically, we urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to seek ways to incentivize appointment-based medication synchronization services for at-risk beneficiaries. P4HA is additionally working with our champions on Capitol Hill towards the reintroduction of a revised and strengthened SYNC Act which will shine a light on the challenge of medication nonadherence and the promise of synchronization programs like those studied in this groundbreaking research." 

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 healthcare 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. Read P4HA's recently unveiled whitepaper, A Treatable Problem: Addressing Medication Nonadherence by Reforming Government Barriers to Care Coordination here.

About P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg, M.S.: 
Sloane Salzburg brings a decade of healthcare and life science experience to her role with P4HAand 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. A respected thought leader on medication adherence, Sloane has been published in ForbesThe Hill, and other national outlets.