Based on these findings, NCPIE’s new Adherence Action Agenda advocates for: 1. Establish medicine adherence as a priority goal of all federal and state efforts designed to reduce the burden of multiple chronic conditions. 2. Establish the role of the patient navigator within the care team to help patients with multiple chronic conditions navigate the health care system and take their prescription medicines as prescribed. 3. Promote clinical management approaches that are tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of individuals with multiple chronic conditions. 4. Incentivize the entire health care system to incorporate adherence education and medication support as part of routine care for MCC patients. 5. Eliminate the barriers that impede the ability of patients with multiple chronic conditions to refill their prescription medicines. 6. Reduce the cost-sharing barriers for patients by lowering or eliminating patient copayments for prescription medicines used to treat the most common chronic diseases. 7. Accelerate the adoption of new health information technologies that promote medication adherence. 8. Establish medication adherence as a measure for the accreditation of healthcare professional educational programs. 9. Address multiple chronic conditions and optimal medication management approaches in treatment guidelines. 10. Stimulate rigorous research on treating people with multiple chronic conditions.
DO THIS: Stay healthy and avoid medications. If needed take them as prescribed. And always consult with your physician. NOT THAT: Don’t refill prescriptions without talking to your physician first. Don’t take more than the prescribed dose. Don’t take expired medications.