Electronic Prior Authorization Stakeholders Cite Patient Benefits, Lay Out Game Plan

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA, May 15, 2014 — A recent forum sponsored by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) produced an important consensus on electronic prior authorizations (ePA), namely, that the greatest beneficiaries are patients due to improvements in care and satisfaction. The April 23 Partnership Forum, which drew a wide range of stakeholders, explored how managed care pharmacy and other organizations can work together to successfully implement the new National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) standards on ePA. 

"The Academy views electronic prior authorization as an opportunity to make dramatic gains along several health care fronts," AMCP CEO Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM, said. "The stars are lining up: Besides reducing the hassles and delays millions of patients face every day, ePA lets policymakers, payers and providers achieve better adherence, administrative simplification and lower costs." 

The NCPDP standards are intended to enhance e-prescribing and PA workflows, which directly benefit patients by identifying the most appropriate medications. Represented at the forum were health plans, pharmacy benefit management firms, retail pharmacies, electronic medical record vendors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, electronic transaction networks, and PA vendors. During breakout discussions participants defined various stakeholder roles, identified barriers and laid out action steps. 

Forum participants laid out potential AMCP activities in several areas, including working with stakeholders to facilitate development of measureable goals, best practices and communication plans. Also discussed were AMCP's leading collaborations and programs to ensure ePA adoption and educating state government officials that PA mandates are unnecessary, given the adoption of the NCPDP standards for ePA.
About AMCP  
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's nearly 7,000 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. More news and information about the Academy can be found at www.amcp.org

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