- About 4,100 beneficiaries enrolled, while almost 22,000 elected not to; among those that enrolled, 3,400 had diabetes and high cholesterol, compared to 2,400 of the non-enrolled.
- Both the enrolled diabetic and high cholesterol populations had higher adherence, the diabetic group’s adherence rate was 70 percent compared to about 45 percent for those not enrolled; the high cholesterol group’s adherence rate was about 66 percent vs. 55 percent for those not enrolled.
In a related study by Dr. Clark and colleagues published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, medication adherence and the costs for generic diabetes and cholesterol medications resulting from participation in a zero copay VBID program were examined. The zero copay program used a reduction in cost sharing to incentivize members to use more generic drugs and to enroll in a care management coaching program. The study also demonstrated that a value-based program can have a positive impact on adherence and cost outcomes among those who participate. 1About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,200 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country. 1 J Manag Care Pharm. 2014;20(2): 141-50