Mississippi Medicaid: Support medication adherence with 90-day fills
You can help improve medication adherence by prescribing 90-day medication fills for your behavioral health patients. Prescribing 90-day fills to your patients can help to positively impact the Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM) HEDIS® measure. The AMM measure charts the percentage of members ages 18 and older who were treated with antidepressant medication, had a diagnosis of major depression, and who remained on an antidepressant medication treatment.
Benefits of 90-day prescription fills
In addition to impacting the AMM measure, 90-day prescriptions offer several benefits to your patients, including:
Opportunity for medication synchronization with other medications
Reduced rates of rehospitalization
Ability to be delivered by mail in most cases
In addition to prescribing a 90-day supply, consider the following strategies to help ensure your patients continue to take their medications:
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your patient before they leave the office to help monitor for side effects
Provide education on how medication works and ensure patients understand it may take several months for antidepressant medication to be effective
Emphasize the importance of continuing medication for at least 6 months even if they begin to feel better or experience side effects
Call the number on the patient's health plan ID card.
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