Prime Study Links Prescriber Faxes With Improved Statin Use

A prescriber fax program alerting physicians when their diabetic patients have not had a statin claim demonstrated a statistically significant boost in statin use and could be a valuable addition to Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans’ efforts to improve both medication adherence and star ratings, according to a new study from Prime Therapeutics LLC. That program was shown to be especially effective when combined with pharmacist outreach, researchers observed.

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce health care costs. Statins began to play a bigger role in the CMS star ratings in 2019, when the Pharmacy Quality Alliance-developed Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes (SUPD) measure was added to the Part D calculations and when the NCQA-developed Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease measure was added to the Part C ratings. Both had a weighting value of 1, but with the 2021 ratings that came out last fall, SUPD became one of four triple-weighted Part D measures, which include Medication Adherence for Cholesterol (Statins).

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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