Can Pharmacists Play A Strategic Role In Improving Patient Outcomes And Preventing Hospital Readmissions?

Can Pharmacists Play a Strategic Role in Improving Patient Outcomes and Preventing Hospital Readmissions?

As health care reform shifts from volume-based care to value-based care, many question whether pharmacists can play a strategic role in improving patient outcomes and preventing hospital readmissions. We believe the answer is yes, most definitely! And Parata customers and pharmacists Tim Wright and his wife, Nora Wright, are proof that they can do just that. The couple own and operate Wagner Pharmacies, with four locations in Clinton, Iowa.

The Wrights developed a data-driven clinical program, MedAssist, designed to improve patient outcomes and position their pharmacy for success in the changing health care landscape. The Wrights fundamentally believe that pharmacists can improve outcomes and reduce readmissions through a robust medication adherence program supported by patient education and internal communication.

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Parata Joins Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Parata Joins Pharmacy Quality Alliance

Parata recently joined the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Together, Parata and PQA are committed to improving the quality of medication management and patient health care through a collaborative process.

Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is a consensus-based, multi-stakeholder membership organization committed to improving health care quality and patient safety with a focus on the appropriate use of medications.

As a member of PQA, Parata will have the opportunity to contribute to the alliance’s PQA’s measure development process — a consensus-driven process used to draft, test, refine and endorse measures of medication-use quality.

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Top 5 Takeaways: “Adherence And The Future Of Pharmacy”

Top 5 Takeaways: “Adherence and the Future of Pharmacy”


L&S Pharmacy Tripp LoganTripp Logan, pharmacist and co-owner of MedHere Today®, recently discussed how the future of pharmacy revolves around adherence and how pharmacists can capitalize on this opportunity.

Here are our top five takeaways from Tripp’s webinar, Making an Impact: Adherence and the Future of Pharmacy.

1)  Adherence is not simply auto-fill, a smart phone app, or a blinking cap.
These things focus on the prescription, not the patient. A true adherence program is patient-specific and addresses all causes of non-adherence. Talk with your patient, and her physicians, to understand her unique medication challenges. Then you can select tools that will help each patient manage her meds.

2)  We interact with chronically ill patients more than any other health care provider.
75 percent of healthcare expenditures in the U.S. are spent managing chronic diseases — typically with medication. As pharmacists, we have visibility to their prescriptions and their refills, and our patients trust us. We are the healthcare providers best-situated to impact adherence.

3)  $1 spent on medication adherence can save the health care system $7.
You don’t have to start on a huge scale to help. This study shows that small increases in prescription spending have big impact. According to its formula, a $177 increase in diabetes prescription spending results in a $1,251 decrease in spending per patient.

4)  Capture an additional 29 prescriptions per patient each year.
We see a substantial increase in prescription volume and increased profit margins for patients enrolled in adherence programs. On average, pharmacies capture an additional 29 scripts per enrolled patient each year, with an increased profit margin of $1.87 per script.

5)  Use your proven adherence program to secure partnerships.
Looking for an in with hospitals, home health agencies, accountable care organizations, buying groups, and pharmaceutical manufacturers? When you can demonstrate a positive impact on patient adherence, your pharmacy is primed for powerful, profitable partnerships.

You can view the recorded webinar here:  Making an Impact: Adherence and the Future of Pharmacy.

To learn how Parata is helping pharmacists drive adherence and grow their businesses, contact us today at or (888) PARATA1.

Staying on Track — Drug Companies Push for Medication Adherence

Each morning on the drive to work, I pass through an intersection with several train tracks, a tiny train station, and a huge sign:


A multi-ton freight train barreling down the tracks is a pretty good incentive to abide by the rules, and the deafening noise and brain-rattling vibrations are hard-to-ignore reminders.

But how do you encourage people to adhere to the rules when the risks aren’t so obvious?

Medication non-adherence causes an estimated 125,000 deaths in the United States each year. Their lives may depend on it, but for a variety of reasons, patients just aren’t following the rules.

We tend to focus on medication adherence from a pharmacist’s perspective. This recent Forbes article calls drug companies to action — after all, the pharmaceutical industry loses an estimated $188 billion each year when patients don’t take their medications.

Since their direct contact with patients is very limited, drug companies are exploring alternatives.

HealthPrize, a digital health start-up, encourages adherence before patients stop taking their meds. It offers incentives for actions such as refilling a medication. Patients receive points, and the pharmaceutical company determines the rewards.

Another start-up called RxAnte uses algorithms to identify the patients who are most likely to stop taking their meds. RxAnte shares this information with its clients, like Medicare. The course of action is left up to the client.

Preventative medicine and medication adherence are getting a lot of attention these days. Do you think a full-team approach from the healthcare industry will help solve the problem of medication non-adherence?

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Online Tools Help Patients with Adherence

Across the country, patients are getting support for taking their medications as directed as part of the “Script Your Future” campaign, led by the National Consumers League.

The campaign’s website features free tools for patients to manage their medications, such as a pocket-sized medicine list and a worksheet to track daily medicines, glucose readings and blood pressure. It also offers a “question builder” they can use to create their own list of questions for their doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Script Your Future provides tools for you too, including articles, medication regimen planners and conversation starters for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Pharmacist Uses Process and Packaging to Improve Adherence

If you asked your patients to count the pills left in their prescriptions 10 days before they were due for a refill, would the number show they’d missed doses? That’s how Bob Lomenick discovered his patients had an adherence problem.

A pharmacist and owner of Tyson Drug Co. in Holly Springs, Miss., Bob wanted to help his patients improve adherence so they’d be healthier and happier. He found RxSync, a service model developed by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, to synchronize patients’ refills. He also converts his patients taking more than five medications to Parata PASS Pack™. Using one package for each dosing time improved adherence and the pharmacy’s inventory management.

Bob shared his experience with colleagues at the McKesson ideaShare conference in Las Vegas this year.

Considering offering adherence strip packaging to your retail customers? View these tips to get started with strip packaging.

Parata PASS adherence packaging