WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-R) and Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-D) introduced H.R. 3447, the Furthering Access to Coordinated Treatment for Seniors (FACTS) Act. The bipartisan FACTS Act directs the Department on Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a process by which Medicare Part D plans can request drug claims data to promote appropriate use of medications.

“Often when our seniors are discharged from medical care with a prescription, they may forget to fill the claim or don’t take the full regiment as prescribed. This can lead to folks ending up back up in the doctor’s office or hospital, causing them great discomfort and costing taxpayers’ dollars,” said Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. “The FACTS Act will remedy this problem by directing HHS to open up lines of communication within Medicare so that Medicare Part D prescription drug plans can request information from hospitals and doctors’ offices (Medicare Parts A and B). This information will detail prescription claims data in order to ensure those in Medicare are fully utilizing their medications as prescribed. This bipartisan legislation will help to save taxpayers money, and will improve the health and lives of seniors across the country.”

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly half of all patients don’t take their medication as prescribed, leaving them vulnerable to prolonged or worsened illness,” said Congressman Mike Thompson. “This bill would give plans the information they need to help patients stick to their treatment plan, thereby enhancing care coordination to keep seniors healthy and strengthen the Medicare program.”