Medication Synchronization Supported by Some Insurance Company Policies

Medication synchronization, programs that allow pharmacists to coordinate a patient’s medications to be refilled at the same time, may be accessible to more patients as insurers adopt policies to support the practice. Specifically, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care, the two largest insurers in Vermont, have agreed to implement prorated co-payments for patients who wish to begin a medication synchronization program, reports the Brattleboro Reformer. The shift in policy is part of a nationwide trend to help patients access these programs, which have been shown to improve patient adherence rates. To synchronize a patient’s medications, pharmacists must often dispense a special quantity of medication that may be more or less than the original prescribed amount. See NCPIE Related: “Adherence Action Agenda Addresses Multpile Chronic Conditions”