How medication adherence affects the $3 billion wasted drop in the well

The backstory The relationship between medication adherence and wasted healthcare spend is generally uncomplicated in nature; one component can negatively or positively impact the other. In reality, when medication adherence is improved, the amount in wasted healthcare spend long-term is lowered. When news broke recently that $3 billion is wasted on cancer drugs every year… read more

These are the top items that influence medication spend: Item 4 needs your immediate attention

There are a number of items that influence medication spend, including specialty drug costs, medication adherence and patient outcomes. However, there’s another item out there that may be driving up medication cost unnecessarily. What we know There are 3 well-known drivers that contribute to medication spending in the U.S.: Massive increase in number and cost… read more

The effects of a pharmacist-led medication management program for patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)

Curant Health President and CEO, Patrick Dunham, and Curant Health pharmacist, Jeffrey Karkula, RPh, BS Pharm, recently conducted a study to identify the benefits of a comprehensive pharmacy care program and to increase adherence for patients taking highly active antiretroviral therapy or (HAART) and assess the effect on the patient’s overall health outcome. There are… read more

Specialty Pharmacists on the Frontline of Patient Access

There is a spotlight trained on the constant tug of war currently ongoing between payer and manufacturers regarding at-risk negotiations and drug costs. In the background, pharmacists are frequently left solo to handle the prior authorization and to ensure patient access to necessary medication. According to a November 2015 report from The Pew Charitable Trusts,… read more

Building a top secret, value-based weapon to improve patient engagement and access to care: A how-to guide

When it comes to treating population health, there is nothing that can replace the value of a real-life, caring person inquiring about a patient’s feelings, opinions and thoughts in order to identify barriers to medication access and adherence. Why is that? The square root of population health is the health of the individual patient. We’ve… read more

340B Coalition Winter Conference Takeaways: Mega-guidance and Audits

There were two prevailing topics that dominated this year’s 340B Coalition Winter Conference: mega-guidance and 340B entity audits. While these terms are not mutually exclusive, they each received significant airtime throughout the conference. The mystery of mega-guidance According to 340B Health, mega-guidance (aka omnibus guidance) is a ruling designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ of 340B-related… read more

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