Pittsburgh — Recent advances in the SMART Registry will enable Highmark, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assoc., to provide physicians with reports that show how regularly their chronically ill patients fill their prescriptions.

"Improving patient adherence to medications is one of the most critical areas in improving the quality of health of our members," says Highmark's Dr. Michael Madden, medical director of medical performance management. "We're confident these new reports offered this fall as part of our SMART Registry program will help initiate a conversation between patients and their physicians about the importance of taking medications and overcoming barriers that may prevent them from doing so."

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