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Pharmacy 2018, 6(2), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6020044

Impact of Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization on Proportion of Days Covered for Chronic Medications

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Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, Pomona, CA 91766, USA
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Ralphs Grocery Company, Compton, CA 92620, USA
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Received: 28 March 2018 / Revised: 6 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 22 May 2018
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Abstract

Appointment-based medication synchronization (ABMS) programs have been associated with increased adherence and persistence to chronic medications. Adherence to statin therapy, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and non-insulin antidiabetic medications (NIDM) are used to determine a health plan’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Star Rating under a pay-for-performance model. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of implementing an ABMS program on overall pharmacy adherence measures for statins, ACEI/ARBs, and NIDM, as presented through the Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP©) platform. This retrospective, pre-post ABMS program study evaluated EQuIPP© generated adherence performance measures, represented as proportion of days covered (PDC), 6-months before and 6- and 12-months after the ABMS service for statin therapy, ACEIs/ARBs, and NIDM. All adherence measures showed statistically significant improvement in PDC percentage post ABMS implementation, except for NIDM percentage in 6-months post-ABMS service. This study shows that a comprehensive medication synchronization program can enhance adherence measures that are important to health plans to increase CMS Star Rating under a pay-for-performance model. View Full-Text
Keywords: appointment-based model; adherence; community pharmacy; medication synchronization; proportion of days covered appointment-based model; adherence; community pharmacy; medication synchronization; proportion of days covered
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Dao, N.; Lee, S.; Hata, M.; Sarino, L. Impact of Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization on Proportion of Days Covered for Chronic Medications. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 44.

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