Cost-Sharing Roundtable — The Patient Assistance Safety Net: How Many Need Help? How Many Are Helped?

Cost-Sharing Roundtable — The Patient Assistance Safety Net: How Many Need Help? How Many Are Helped?
Healthcare cost-sharing remains a significant barrier to healthcare access, especially among patients with chronic conditions or those with financial constraints, and could prevent patients from getting much-needed health services, use of diagnostic tests, or result in adherence issues due to patients skipping doses or not filling their prescription medications.

At the Cost-Sharing Roundtable on February 23, 2018, presenters and panelists—from academic institutions, health policy organizations, and charitable foundations—shared their findings and experiences with financial hardships faced by patients, and brain stormed ideas on how best to address the situation via practical advice and policy changes. 
ARTICLES:
March 07, 2018
Elected officials and others who affect policy know that cost-sharing and out-of-pocket costs are issues in healthcare, but they don’t truly understand the issues, said panelists during a policy discussion on ways to improve access and reduce financial hardship during the Cost-Sharing Roundtable.
March 06, 2018
Experts from healthcare policy organizations and advocacy groups that cater to Medicare enrollees exchanged best practices and proposed policies to help alleviate access issues during the Cost-Sharing Roundtable, co-hosted by the Patient Access Network Foundation and The American Journal of Managed Care®, on February 23, 2018, at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, DC.
March 05, 2018
Leaders from charitable organizations that provide the safety net so patients can meet their healthcare costs and access their required medical treatment have concerns with the widening gap between patient financial needs and available resources. They were speaking at the Cost-Sharing Roundtable in Washington, DC, co-hosted by the Patient Access Network Foundation and The American Journal of Managed Care®.
March 02, 2018
K. Robin Yabroff, PhD, strategic director, Surveillance and Health Services Research Program, American Cancer Society, would like to see more longitudinal studies that can develop more informed policies to alleviate patient financial hardship. Yabroff was speaking at the Cost-Sharing Roundtable co-hosted by the Patient Access Network Foundation and The American Journal of Managed Care®
March 02, 2018
Being proactive about identifying potential financial burdens and preparing patients who have a disease for the costs of their treatment helps to ensure that patients will be adherent to their medication and have the best possible outcomes, according to a panel of providers at the Cost-Sharing Roundtable, co-hosted by the Patient Access Network Foundation and The American Journal of Managed Care®.
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INTERVIEWS:
Paul Billings Discusses Balancing Innovative Therapies With Higher Costs
May 23, 2018 – 
As new therapies come to market, there is the good news that patients are cured or living longer, but it has to be balanced by the bad news that these treatments are far more expensive, said Paul Billings, senior vice president advocacy for the American Lung Association.
Michele McCourt Explains CancerCare's Role in Supporting Patients
May 20, 2018 – 
Beyond helping with co-payment assistance for patients with cancer, CancerCare helps with practical and emotional supports for patients, explained Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation.
Kristina Wharton: More Funding Needed to Support FQHCs
May 13, 2018 – 
M. Kristina Wharton, MPH, of the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, recommends shifts in policies that could expand federally qualified health centers.
Paul Billings Discusses the Financial Burden of Prescription Drug Costs in Medicare
May 10, 2018 – 
Unlike commercial plans, Medicare beneficiaries run the risk hitting the donut hole, which causes their costs to go up dramatically, said Paul Billings, senior vice president advocacy for the American Lung Association.
Michele McCourt Outlines Financial Burdens Related to Cancer Treatment
May 08, 2018 – 
There are financial burdens related to cancer treatment other than the cost of medication, but patients don't always realize that when they are first diagnosed, explained Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation.
Dan Klein on the Growing Role of Charitable Organizations Like PAN Foundation
May 02, 2018 – 
Charitable organizations are seeing more and more patients who need financial assistance, said Dan Klein, President and CEO, Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation.
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