Optimized Medication Use: A Growing Priority for ACOs

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The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases “Optimized Medication Use: A Growing Priority for ACOs”, a white paper on the increasing priority being given to medication use strategies within ACOs.

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The latest white paper provides insights into the state of medication use strategies amongst early adopters of the Accountable Care model.

Utilizing intelligence gathered from interviews with ACO leaders from across the country, Leavitt Partners latest white paper provides insights into the state of medication use strategies amongst early adopters of the Accountable Care model and examines what may be in store for these organizations as they progress.

The white paper seeks to shed light on why medication use and its associated strategies are often seen by leadership as a “phase II” priority despite the acknowledgement that a well-developed program could produce benefits towards accomplishing the triple aim: improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of health care. Drivers of the decision to enhance medication use as well as ways in which ACOs are working to optimize medication use are also examined.

Highlights of the analysis include:

1) More sophisticated medication use programs will play a larger role in ACO efforts once core functionalities are operational and optimized.

2) Primary drivers of ACO decisions to enhance medication use efforts include whether the ACO is at financial risk for medication costs, and the effect that medication-related problems have on overall cost and quality.

3) Programs involving pharmacists will play an increasingly important role in the provision of value-based healthcare services and may increasingly become a market differentiator.

If you’re interested in viewing the full report, please visit Leavitt Partners’ Center for Accountable Care Intelligence.

About Leavitt Partners
Leavitt Partners is a health care intelligence business. The firm delivers collaborative, high-value intelligence that helps clients transition to new models of care. Through its member-based collaboration called Health Intelligence Partners™ and direct services to clients, the consulting firm provides the best available window to the future of American health care. For more information visit LeavittPartners.com or call (801) 538-5082.

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