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Providing Free Diabetes-Related Medications And Supplies Could Save Money For Insurers

Reducing financial barriers to access – a strategy known as value-based insurance design () – can improve adherence and such as . The economic and patient-perceived benefits of eliminating co-payments for -related medications and supplies are described in a trend-setting study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Population Health Management website.*

In “Patient-Centered Outcomes of a Value-Based Insurance Design Program for Patients with Diabetes,” Daniel Elliott, MD, MSCE and coauthors from Christiana Care Health System (Newark, DE), (Philadelphia, PA), and Temple University School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) compared patient self-reports from before and one year after the start of a VBID program that eliminated insurance co-payments for diabetes-related medications and supplies. As a group, the patients reported improved adherence to medication regimens for hyperglycemic control and a significant decrease in out-of-pocket costs associated with non-adherence.

Nearly 90% of the study participants felt that the elimination of co-payments helped them better self-manage their diabetes.

“Improving care coordination is a cornerstone of health reform. That’s why this is a watershed paper,” says Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor, , Philadelphia, PA.


* http://www.liebertpub.com/pop
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News