Comprehensive Medication Review: New Poll Indicates Interest but Low Receipt Among Older Adults

Comprehensive Medication Review: New Poll Indicates Interest but Low Receipt Among Older Adults
Caitlin Pederson, Pharm.D., M Health Fairview

Over time, the use of prescription medications by Medicare patients has increased, leading to an increased potential for drug interactions, adverse effects, use of medications no longer needed, incorrect doses, nonadherence, and elevated costs. A way to address and prevent these problems is through a comprehensive medication review (CMR) as a part of Medication Therapy Management (MTM). Medicare Part D plans require an annual CMR to help resolve drug therapy problems and prevent medication-related adverse events. A study conducted by the University of Michigan surveyed 2,048 adults between the ages of 50-80 years old and found many would benefit from a CMR due to self-reported polypharmacy. Despite this potential benefit, only one in four adults aged 65 to 80 years old enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan had received a CMR. Among adults aged 50-80 years old, 86% were not aware that a CMR was an included insurance benefit and 36% were interested in completing a CMR. CMRs have been a benefit of Medicare Part D plans for almost 15 years, but there is a continued lack of awareness about CMRs among older adults. Overall, these results showed that few older adults received a CMR, most were unaware of this service, and over a third were interested in receiving the service.

References:

  1. Coe AB, Bynum JP, Farris KB. Comprehensive Medication Review: New Poll Indicates Interest but Low Receipt Among Older Adults. JAMA Health Forum. Published online October 9, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2020.1243