P4HA Lauds House Passage of ePA Language in the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors Act

WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2018): Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA), the medication adherence campaign of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, responded today to the House passage of H.R. 5773, the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL).

The bill encompasses H.R. 4841, the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act - a measure sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and long championed by P4HA that would facilitate the use of electronic prior authorization (ePA) technology in Medicare's prescription drug program, thereby reducing delays in access to treatment that result in medication nonadherence.

P4HA endorsed H.R. 4841 upon its introduction in January of this year and repeated calls for its passage in a March 2018 MedPageToday column, writing that "the link between prior authorization delays, nonadherence, and poor health outcomes is undeniable, as is the need for Congressional action." The coalition also hosted a Congressional briefing on the need for ePA legislation with Rep. Schweikert in April. 

P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg released the following statement celebrating the passage of H.R. 5773 containing the ePA language of H.R. 4841:

"When patients are unable to pick up medication at the pharmacy counter due to a pending prior authorization claim, their prescriptions are abandoned at a staggering rate of 40 percent. This is fueling a crisis of primary nonadherence that, for too many patients, causes otherwise manageable health conditions to regress to full-blown healthcare emergencies. We must use every tool at our disposal - including electronic prior authorization, or 'ePA' - to resolve these claims more expeditiously and promote optimal adherence," said P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg. "ePA is already working to great success in the commercial market. Now, it's past time to adopt this same technology across the Medicare space. P4HA thanks Rep. Roskam, Rep. Schweikert, and members of the House who helped make today's unanimous vote on this sorely needed solution possible. We urge the Senate to take a bite out of the nation's $300 billion crisis of medication nonadherence by following the House's lead and passing this commonsense measure without delay." 

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. 

About P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg, M.S.: 
Sloane Salzburg brings a decade of healthcare and life science experience to her role with P4HA and 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, MedPage Today, and other national outlets.