Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today introduced H.R.4292, the Synchronization and Nonadherence Correction Act, which aims to improve medication adherence for seniors through strategies such as synchronizing prescription pick-up times.

Medication adherence is a significant problem within the senior community.  The failure to take prescribed medications consistently and at the proper times can result in additional or worsening medical conditions.  This legislation makes it easier for seniors.

“Especially for seniors with multiple complex medical conditions, understanding how each medication must be taken and when a new round needs to be picked up from the pharmacist can be extremely confusing.  A failure to do it properly can have devastating effects,” said Noem.  “If we can make this a smoother, less difficult process, the impact could be life-saving.  I’m optimistic the results of this pilot program will give us the tools we need to improve the quality of care delivered to Medicare recipients, while also preserving precious taxpayer dollars.” 

“Ensuring that seniors are taking their medications and taking them properly will help save lives, prevent unnecessary complications, and reduce health care costs,” said Pascrell.  “By establishing a pilot program in Medicare to test the effectiveness of medication synchronization in improving medication adherence, we can lay the foundation for broader policy changes that will help keep our seniors healthy. We always aim to improve health care quality and reduce costs, and this bill does both.”

More specifically, the Synchronization and Nonadherence Correction Act directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a pilot project to investigate what kind of programs work best to improve medication adherence for individuals with chronic diseases.  The bill lists several models that combine synchronizing medications, certain compliance-based packaging (such as pouches that package the day’s pills together), and pharmacist counseling.

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