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. 
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.
Michele McCourt on Directing Patients to Financial Medication Assistance
April 28, 2018 – 
Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, recognizes the financial hardships of cancer patients when paying for medications.
Kristina Wharton on the Increased Use of Services Provided by FQHCs
April 25, 2018 – 
While use of services at federally qualified health centers has increased particularly since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the increasing trend started back in 2002, said M. Kristina Wharton, MPH, of the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Dan Klein Explains the Need for Patient Assistance Foundations
April 22, 2018 – 
Dan Klein, president and CEO of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, discusses the need for more patient assistance foundations to help patients pay for treatment.
Leigh Purvis Outlines the Burdens of High Drug Costs on Medicare Beneficiaries
April 20, 2018 – 
Leigh Purvis, director of Health Services Research at AARP Public Policy Institute, addresses the burdens of high prescription drug costs on Medicare beneficiaries.
Michele McCourt on Potential New Therapies for Patients With Cancer
April 17, 2018 – 
The high cost of new, innovative cancer treatments coming to market makes these therapies inaccessible to a lot of patients, said Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation.
Ed Haislmaier on Efforts to Lower Drug Costs
April 15, 2018 – 
In order to make Medicare drug price negotiation a reality, the government has to have additional leverage to negotiate that it doesn't have, explained Ed F. Haislmaier, the Preston A. Wells Jr senior research fellow at the Institute for Family Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.
Dr Todd Yezefski on the Benefits of Financial Navigators in Oncology
April 14, 2018 – 
Providing financial navigators in cancer centers and hospitals can have demonstrable benefits for both patients and hospitals, explained Todd Yezefski, MD, senior fellow in the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington.
Kristina Wharton Discusses Services Provided at Federally Qualified Health Centers
April 09, 2018 – 
M. Kristina Wharton, MPH, of the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, talks about the services federally qualified centers provide, specifically how they help patients access medications.
Dan Klein Outlines Policy Changes to Strengthen the Safety Net
April 05, 2018 – 
Dan Klein, president and CEO of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, lists possible policy changes that would strengthen the safety net.
Ed Haislmaier: Medicare Is "Stuck in a Time Warp"
April 04, 2018 – 
Government programs, especially Medicare, are stuck in the past and are not designed to accommodate advancements in modern technology, said Ed F. Haislmaier, the Preston A. Wells Jr senior research fellow at the Institute for Family Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.
Leigh Purvis on Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries
March 31, 2018 – 
Leigh Purvis, director of Health Services Research at AARP Public Policy Institute, discusses future policies that will relieve Medicare beneficiaries from some of their expensive out-of-pocket costs.
Dr Todd Yezefski Discusses the Financial Hardships of Cancer Treatment
March 30, 2018 – 
A clear majority of patients with cancer experience some sort of financial hardship, and the cost of care is something that weighs on the minds of patients and their families right from the moment of diagnosis, said Todd Yezefski, MD, senior fellow in the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington.
Kristina Wharton Analyzes the Health of the Population Using FQHCs
March 29, 2018 – 
Patients benefiting from federally qualified health centers tend to be sicker than the general population, but there are also disparities by state, explained M. Kristina Wharton, MPH, of the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Michele McCourt Discusses Impact of High Costs for Patients With Cancer
March 27, 2018 – 
High costs in cancer care not only affects treatment outcomes for patients, but also their overall quality of life, explained Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation.
Dan Klein on Lack of Cost Sharing in Medicare, Drugs Coming Down the Pipeline
March 27, 2018 – 
Dan Klein, President and CEO, Patient Access Network Foundation, discusses how the lack of a limit on cost sharing in Medicare affects patient outcomes and disease states that PAN Foundation is keeping an eye on.
 
Ed Haislmaier: Impact of Business Coalitions on Healthcare Costs
March 23, 2018 – 
Ed F. Haislmaier, the Preston A. Wells Jr senior research fellow at the Institute for Family Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, talks about the impact of new business partnerships on healthcare costs.
Leigh Purvis Discusses the Burden of High Prescription Drug Costs
March 14, 2018 – 
The burden of high drug costs is something that everyone with health insurance coverage is facing, explained Leigh Purvis, director, Health Services Research, AARP Public Policy Institute.
Ed Haislmaier on Policy Changes That Impact Healthcare Financial Burdens
March 09, 2018 – 
Ed F. Haislmaier, the Preston A. Wells Jr senior research fellow at the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation, discusses the policies under the Trump administration and how they will affect financial burdens.
Dr Todd Yezefski Discusses Using Financial Navigator Programs
March 08, 2018 – 
Financial navigator programs in hospitals take commitment and money to start up, but they more than pay for themselves, said Todd Yezefski, MD, senior fellow in the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington.
M. Kristina Wharton on the Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers
March 04, 2018 – 
Federally qualified health centers pay an important role in providing primary care and preventive services for patients who may have trouble accessing this care because of their insurance status, explained M. Kristina Wharton, MPH, of the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Michele McCourt Discusses Growing Financial Hardships for Patients With Cancer
March 03, 2018 – 
Patients with cancer, many who are older and on Medicare, are finding their medications are becoming unaffordable, Michele McCourt, senior director of the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, explained at the Cost-Sharing Roundtable, co-hosted by the Patient Access Network Foundation and The American Journal of Managed Care®.
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