Surveyed Physicians Say Access Challenges Impact Their Care Plans for up to 33% of Patients
- Physicians report that medication access impacts initial therapy choice for some patients and may require changes to preferred treatment plan
The survey, conducted in
Castagna added, “Enabling efficient digital market access strategies is critical to easing physician prescribing burden. EHR-based solutions present new opportunities for market access teams to streamline prescribing and therapy initiation processes, reducing the impact market access challenges have on treatment choice. Our intelligent platform is built precisely for this – to alleviate pain points along the patient journey, empowering physicians to prescribe their therapies of choice while minimizing the financial burden to both patients and physicians.”
Other Survey Highlights:
- Physicians continue to struggle with the time taken, cost incurred, and resources expended to start patients on medications – particularly for specialty brands. 69% of physicians ranked the process of starting patients on a specialty medication as very or extremely difficult.
- On average, physicians reported that they and their staff spend nearly four hours a day helping patients gain access to medication, with an estimated cost to their practice of
- Dermatologists, gastroenterologists and neurologists reported spending five or more hours a day helping patients gain access to medication
- Oncologists and rheumatologists reported the highest costs to their practices to help patients access medications at
$6,700and $7,900per month, respectively.
- There is a substantial appetite among physicians for digital access solutions that streamline the therapy initiation process and reduce the burdens of time, cost and resources on the physicians and their staff. But while these digital tools are available, they are not yet a consistent part of pharmaceutical manufacturer’s market access strategies, which limit patient access to therapy.
- Physicians are seeking more transparency around formulary coverage and preferred pharmacy information.
Access challenges and a lack of information on patients’ insurance benefits impact physicians’ ability to prescribe preferred therapies
- The survey found 60% of physicians do not have real-time access to patients' insurance benefit information, but 71% of physicians who do have access to this information check it before writing a specialty prescription. As a result, only 39% of physicians routinely talk to patients about affordability options.
- 74% of surveyed physicians do not have a way to know if a patient has filled their prescription.
Physicians welcome technology solutions which ease their patient care burdens
When asked how helpful the following technology solutions would be in their EHR systems, the following percentages of physicians ranked these solutions as "Extremely Helpful" or "Very Helpful":
- A tool to file prior authorizations more easily: 84%
- A technology solution that helps patients easily access copay programs: 83%
- A tool that automates the specialty or hub enrollment process: 81%
- Prescription benefit information to find medication that’s affordable for patients: 78%
- Receiving notification when a patient does not fill their prescription: 74%
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