Home health patients enrolled in a medication adherence program experienced a hospitalization rate that was 73.1% lower than those outside of the program, according to a new study. The medication therapy and risk management program is designed to keep patients healthier at home with fewer emergency room and hospital visits and fewer adverse health events
According to the Journal of American Medical Directors Association, patients do not take their medicine as prescribed about 50% of the time. On top of that, of medication-related hospital admissions in the United States, 33% to 69% are due to poor medication adherence at a cost of about $100 billion to the health care system each year. In order to offset those hospitalization numbers, the program offers home health patients adherence packaging along with medication reconciliation, review and education by clinicians.
The findings from this study reinforce how integrating pharmacy and provider services can uniquely help individuals with complex health care needs stay healthier at home. When implemented appropriately, these types of programs can meaningfully improve health care outcomes for patients and help them live a better life with innovative and higher-touch patient programs.