It has been long understood that complex populations, such as those with severe mental illness (SMI) or Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) often have difficulty following their medication regimens for a variety of reasons. Many persons with SMI or IDD have overlapping and multiple chronic health conditions and these complex needs result in multiple and varied medication regimens. Studies show that medication is often missed half or more of the time when left to consumer self-care. For congregate care providers, the oversight of medication management is labor intensive.
The inconsistency and lapse in taking critical health medications leads to poorer health outcomes, early death and higher costs of care. Medication non-adherence is responsible for up to 10% of all health care costs, up to 40% of nursing home admissions, and approximately 125,000 deaths every year.
The pandemic only accelerated the urgency for providers and health plans to focus on persons with complex needs, particularly those in underserved areas. The social isolation and limited access to care, combined with severe direct workforce shortages, has challenged providers, care givers and health plans in assuring persons with critical health needs are able to access their medications and take them in accordance with the myriad of medication regimens often required. Read how one technology solution, Medherent, has bridged the gap to access and availability through a simple and effective medication dispensing device.
This white paper has been provided to OPEN MINDS readers free of charge by Terrapin Pharmacy.
About Terrapin Pharmacy
Terrapin Pharmacy is a pharmacy dedicated to improving medication adherence for individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By combining our pharmacy and patented Medherent system, clients receive the right dose at the right time, and providers get adherence data in real time. Please visit www.terrapinpharmacy.com for more information. We are on a mission.
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