Medication Non-Compliance Triggers Many Hospital Readmissions

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Think you have a lot on your plate? Consider that during a 90-day study, 10 percent of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) taking either ACE inhibitors or ARBs filled prescriptions for 23 or more medications in 11 or more drug classes, had prescriptions written by four or more prescribers, filled these prescriptions at two pharmacies and made 11 or more visits to those pharmacies.

At the end of the study, researchers had some ideas to improve medication management and adherence by these patients, which we share with you in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

Patients with CVD, heart disease, pneumonia and stroke are frequently readmitted to the hospital, and so are the most popular targets for programs to reduce hospital readmissions, according to new market research by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. A summary of results from our second annual Reducing Readmissions survey is available for download this week.

Interestingly, this survey also revealed that chief responsibility for reducing readmissions has shifted from a registered nurse to a healthcare case manager. This month, we take a second annual look at case management efforts and results. Take this month’s survey on healthcare case management by January 31 and receive a complimentary summary of results.

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