The program, Buckeye RxPlus, was piloted in 2017 and starts with an in-home assessment to review prescriptions, with the information is sent to a pharmacist for review. Pharmacists check medications for accuracy, duplicate therapies and how the drugs might interact with each other. Patients get a pill pack home delivered that consolidates medication doses based on the day and time they should be taken. Buckeye also said it follows up with providers to deter excessive prescribing.
She said without help, people might forget to take all their medications when and how they are supposed to and they might not understand what all their prescriptions are supposed to do.
People in the program adhere almost 100 percent to taking medications the way they should. Their average members in Medicaid have about 82 percent medication adherence. For people with chronic illnesses, hospital admission rates increase by up to 69 percent for patients who don’t take medication as prescribed, Buckeye reported.
Patel-Zook said they are planning a program expansion this year for people leaving inpatient care, who might leave the hospital with two or more medications.
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