Medication Adherence Policy Campaign: Cost Savings and Medication Adherence

The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) has launched the Medication Adherence Policy Campaign in collaboration with several pharmacy, provider, pharmaceutical and employer organizations to identify specific legislative and regulatory solutions that can be brought to the attention of Congress and the Administration.

Background

Medication non-adherence results in an estimated $100 billion annually in unnecessary hospital readmissions, 342 deaths per day, and a decrease in quality of life.  A growing body of evidence suggests that medication adherence programs have the potential to reduce health spending and, in the process, generate significant savings for taxpayers.  CAHC believes a critical step – specific policy proposals – is missing.  Drawing on our member organizations’ expertise in health care policy and experience in the legislative and regulatory arenas, the Medication Adherence Policy Campaign will identify and seek Congressional and Administration consideration of specific, Campaign-backed, policy solutions.

The Campaign

The Campaign will host policy discussions designed to educate and engage key stakeholder organizations, with the goal of forming a broad, CAHC-led campaign in support of actionable policy reforms.  We will assemble data and other background materials documenting the economic and health benefits of medication adherence and identifying the most promising approaches.  A key objective of this initiative will be the introduction of bipartisan legislation embodying concrete reforms.  We also will work with the Administration and Congress to expand testing of promising models and to increase knowledge of what works at scale, through comparative research.

Key Campaign Deliverables

The Medication Adherence Policy Campaign will identify opportunities to align policy change with medication adherence best practices.  The Campaign will:

•  Hold monthly stakeholder policy roundtable discussions examining patient medication adherence strategies which are saleable and have proven effective in reducing hospital admissions and readmissions by improving health outcomes;

•  Develop legislative and regulatory solutions to the challenges of medication adherence;

•  Create advocacy documents defining the promise and challenges of adherence, along with the Campaigns proposed solutions;

•  Conduct advocacy in support of Campaign-backed solutions.

For additional information on CAHC’s Medication Adherence Policy Campaign, please contact Sloane Salzburg (sloane.salzburg@cahc.net, 202-803-6031) or Joel White, Executive Director, (joel.white@cahc.net, 202-559-0192).

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