302018Apr

KHP Best Practice: Prescribe 90 Days

Did you know that an estimated one out of every 10 instances of medication non-adherence is due to patients being late to pick up their monthly refill?  Utilizing 90-day supplies is one easy way to reduce the risk of patients forgetting a refill and the associated medical costs of adverse events due to a missed dose.

Providers are in a unique position to help patients maximize their prescription benefits with reduced co-pay costs simply by writing prescriptions for a 90-day supply rather than the standard 30-day fill, particularly for chronic maintenance medications.  Most prescription benefits now offer patient incentives by providing a reduced co-pay for a 90-day supply versus what it would typically cost for 3 separate 30-day supply co-pays, which can quickly add up to significant cost savings over the year.

“90-day prescriptions are almost always recommended for chronic condition medications, such as for diabetes and high blood pressure,” says Carrie Schanen, KHP Managed Care Pharmacist. “Staying adherent with the medication regimen is easier and generally less expensive for the patient.”

Mail-order remains a convenient option since it delivers medications directly to your door, however it may not be the perfect fit for everyone, especially for patients who need to fill their medications right away and can’t afford to wait for mail delivery.

One small quantity change on your prescription can translate to significant cost savings for your patients. The next time you prescribe a chronic maintenance medication, keep in mind the benefits of a 90-day prescription, which correlates to reduced medical spend and better health outcomes for our patients.