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The Problem

More than one in two Americans has at least one chronic condition, and one in four have two or more. Treating people with chronic conditions accounts for 86 percent of health-care spending. People with three or more chronic conditions fill more than 23 prescriptions a year. Seniors with multiple chronic conditions visit 13 health-care providers and fill 50 prescriptions a year. Only 33 percent to 50 percent of people with chronic conditions adhere completely to prescribed medication therapies. Nearly one in three adverse events leading to hospitalizations are associated with medications

The Opportunity

Medication optimization is a patient-centered, collaborative approach to managing medication therapy that is applied consistently and holistically across care settings to improve patient care and reduce overall health-care costs

The Impact

These collaborative efforts will be directed towards raising awareness and helping implement rigorous evaluations, solutions, best practices, and policies toward improving patient health outcomes and health care delivery. One of the key objectives of policy shaping will be to help define, build, and champion new value-based payment models that account for value-added services aimed at optimizing medications. We envision highly collaborative research that will result in endorsement of new and innovative approaches of care delivery at the state (Medicaid) and federal (Medicare) levels and encourage adoption by payers and providers across the state and the nation. The true impact of this collaboration on human health and health care delivery will be realized by carrying out our mission toward a shared vision to define and deliver value in pharmacy practice and patient-centered care delivery for system-wide benefit.