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hospitalization risk and healthcare cost
According to the analysis, death and illness resulting from non-optimized medication therapy costs $528.4 billion annually, which is equivalent to 16% of total US health care expenditures in 2016. As the most readily available access point for most patients, pharmacists can play a key role in ensuring that medication therapies are optimized to help produce the best outcomes at the lowest cost.
No plan design is complete without a comprehensive medication adherence program. Key components of an employer plan to improve medication adherence include:
- Employee coaching and support teams
- Financial incentives to encourage medication adherence
- Ensuring that the most appropriate medications are prescribed
- Prescription management to avoid interactions and other dangers