Healthcare Webinar Offers Strategies for Improving Medication Adherence

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Patient failure to comply with prescribed medication regimens has a major impact on healthcare outcomes, utilization and cost. During Improving Medication Adherence: Practical Strategies to Increasing Patient Compliance, a September 10, 2008 webinar from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), two industry experts will provide details on ways to increase patient medication compliance.

Medication non-compliance is not only dangerous for patients, but extremely costly for the healthcare industry. According to reports from the World Health Organization, only about 50 percent of patients typically follow their doctors' orders when it comes to taking prescription drugs, and other studies show that non-compliance causes 125,000 deaths annually in the United States and is the reason for 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions. During Improving Medication Adherence: Practical Strategies to Increasing Patient Compliance, a September 10, 2008 webinar from HIN, two industry experts will describe programs and initiatives that have increased patient compliance with medication regimes as well as the impact that compliance has had on healthcare utilization and patient satisfaction. For more information on the conference, please visit
http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?medadrel

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Scheduled Speakers: Connie Commander, immediate past president of the Case Management Society of America and president, Commander's Premier Consulting Corporation, and Thom Stambaugh, chief pharmacy officer and vice president of clinical programs and specialty pharmacy, CIGNA Pharmacy Management.

Conference Highlights: Monitoring patient compliance with prescriptions; identifying the types of patients likely to be non-compliant and creating programs to improve compliance impacted by these factors; creating effective patient education materials and tools to improve compliance; the role of technology in improving medication compliance; creating a prescription drug benefit design impact that improves medication compliance while controlling costs; improving patient understanding of medication regimens; and overcoming health literacy challenges in medication compliance.

Target Audience: CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development and strategic planning directors and physician practice leaders.

Webinar Formats: 90-minute live webinar on September 10, 2008 includes a 30-minute Q&A; "On-Demand" rebroadcast available September 12, 2008; 90-minute recording on CD-ROM with printed transcript or video recording of webinar on DVD available September 30, 2008. Get more information on the medication adherence conference by visiting
http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?medadrel

QUOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO MELANIE MATTHEWS, HIN EXECUTIVE VP AND COO:

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"Medication non-compliance can mean billions of dollars worth of unnecessary spending for the healthcare industry, not to mention avoidable hospitalizations and ED usage. Additionally, a patient's health is at great risk when they fail to adhere to medication guidelines, and this could potentially lead to greater problems. Improving medication adherence is imperative for patient well-being and satisfaction as well appropriate healthcare utilization."

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network - HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 292-3073, e-mail info @ hin.com, or visit http://www.hin.com.

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