The American Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy has just published The Economic Impact of Medicare Part D on Congestive Heart Failure, a study looking at impact of pharmaceutical adherence to patient outcomes related to Congestive Heart Failure. Some headlines:
* Improved adherence as a result of the establishment of Part D will save Medicare $2.6 billion annually or $27 billion over ten years (2013-22).
* In addition, reaching recommended levels of adherence (80% or better), would generate Medicare savings of $2 billion annually, or $22 billion from 2013-2022.
The findings are based on CBO’s new methodology for scoring the impact of increased medicine use. These savings are a conservative estimate because there is a large amount of literature suggesting that the offsets from adherence in CHF patients would be higher than average.
Big issue. Big numbers. Big opportunity.