P4HA Supports Legislation to Facilitate Electronic Prior Authorization Use in Medicare

WASHINGTON, DC (January 22, 2018): Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA), the medication adherence campaign of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, responded today to the introduction of H.R. 4841, the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act

The legislation, introduced by Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Mike Thompson (D-CA), would encourage greater adoption and use of electronic prior authorizations (ePA) in Medicare Part D, thereby reducing delays in access to medication and permitting patients to obtain treatment as soon as possible. 

P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg released the following statement: 

"Appropriate medication adherence can be enough of a challenge for those with chronic conditions without barriers beyond their control making the problem worse. That is why the policy behind the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act is so critical,“ saidP4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg. “Not filling a new prescription is known as primary nonadherence. This problem is exacerbated when a patient travels to the pharmacy and the prescription isn’t ready because of prior authorization requirements. In fact, 40 percent of prescriptions requiring a prior authorization are abandoned. The link between these delays, nonadherence, and poor health outcomes is simply undeniable – as is the need for Congressional action. Electronic prior authorization streamlines the process and helps to speed access to therapy. By facilitating the improved use of electronic prior authorization technology, we can reduce barriers to treatment and promote optimal use of medications that Medicare beneficiaries need to stay well.”


Background:
Prescriptions for a Healthy America: A Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence (P4HA) (www.adhereforhealth.org) was launched in 2013 by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.P4HA brings together leading patient, physician and healthcare industry leaders to urge policymakers to implement near-term solutions that will help reduce health care costs and improve the lives of patients across the nation. Read P4HA's recently unveiled whitepaper, A Treatable Problem: Addressing Medication Nonadherence by Reforming Government Barriers to Care Coordination here.

About P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg, M.S.: 
Sloane Salzburg brings a decade of healthcare and life science experience to her role with P4HAand the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, where she leads the coalition's work on policies related to medication adherence, precision medicine, and general health reform. A former Congressional health policy fellow, Sloane holds a Masters of Science from Georgetown University in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy and a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Florida. Sloane has previously been an adjunct professor in biology at Daytona State Community College and worked as an emergency room technician. A respected thought leader on medication adherence, Sloane has been published in ForbesThe Hill, and other national outlets.