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Patient Advocate Foundation Announces Significant Operational, Technology Enhancements to Co-Pay Relief (CPR) Program
Date:7/11/2011

s. These changes will allow for many more patient approvals.

CPR will also leverage state-of-the-art technology solutions to deliver a high degree of automation and efficiency to program users. Electronic signature and file upload capabilities will be integrated into both the online application and the expenditure submission processes, including the capability for a user to fax documents which use a barcode-based routing system. These technological enhancements will allow the patient, provider and pharmacy communities to leverage existing Health Electronic Records (HER) or their Health Information Technology (HIT) to increase the speed with which their expenditures and applications are processed. CPR will still have secure web-based portal access 24 hours a day, online assistance capabilities and live assistance via the toll-free phone number.

"We know first-hand that managing a life-threatening or debilitating disease is difficult, so we are pleased that the improvements we have made to the CPR Program will enable PAF to serve more patients with high-cost pharmaceutical co-pay expenses," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder and CEO of PAF. "Not only will these improvements benefit patients, but they will also benefit the provider and pharmacy communities, particularly in advance of 2013 when the expectation is for electronic-prescribing to be mandatory."

In 2010, Co-Pay Relief Program assisted 13,848 patients, a 49.59 percent increase from 2009, and allocated approximately $31.2 million to patients to help alleviate the financial burden of out-of-pocket pharmaceutical co-payments.  Nearly half of CPR patients were over the age of 65, a 10.09 percent increase from 2009, which indicates that seniors are facing financial obstacles due to both medical and cost-of-living debt crises. Additionally, 16 percent of CPR patients are age 46 to 55 years and six percent are 36 to 45 years of age.

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