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Facilitating Quality, Cost-Effective Medication Access
A How-To-Guide written by Marisa Mancuso Barnes of Free Clinic Solutions
What is the impact of lack of access to medications for the uninsured?
What is the current situation with free clinics and their provision of medications?
What should a free clinic consider before starting a medication access program?
What are patient assistance programs?
What medications are available through patient assistance programs?
What is the future of patient assistance programs in the post-reform era?
Are there PAPs for generic medications?
What resources are required for a clinic to utilize PAPs effectively?
How much staff is needed to administer a PAP Program?
What should a clinic look for in a PAP software program and what are some of the more widely used programs?
What is an institutional patient assistance program (IPAP)?
What is the difference between a PAP and an IPAP for a free clinic?
How does a clinic qualify and apply for an IPAP contract and how long does it take?
What are the ongoing requirements for a free clinic to maintain an IPAP contract?
Should our free clinic have an on-site pharmacy?
What are the resource requirements for an on-site pharmacy?
What are the pharmacy licensure requirements?
What options exist for purchasing medications for the on-site pharmacy?
What is a drug formulary and why is it recommended?
How should a clinic develop and maintain a formulary?
How does a free clinic determine what medications should be listed on the formulary?
What information should be included in the actual formulary?
Can a free clinic contract with an outside pharmacy to fill prescriptions for patients?
What are some other options for facilitating access to medications?
What national organizations provide clinics with donated medications?
Should free clinics use donated medication samples to meet the medications needs of their patients?
If a clinic chooses to use donated samples to supplement their medication access program, under what circumstances should they be used?
Resources for Free or Low-Cost Diabetic Supplies
What are generic glucose reagent strips and why should a clinic exercise caution when using or recommending generic diabetic supply products?
Federal Regulation of Donated Drug Samples to Charitable Institutions
About Free Clinic Solutions and the author
Established in 2006 by Mark Cruise, Free Clinic Solutions is a national organization that provides strategic consulting, training, coaching, research, writing, and public speaking to free clinics and charitable clinics across the U.S., their associations, and other organizations that support and partner with them. Free Clinic Solutions utilizes a team of consultants from around the country with experience in the health care safety net and subject matter expertise in a wide variety of disciplines important to effective organizational performance. For more information, visit www.freeclinicsolutions.com.
Marisa Mancuso Barnes, a member of the Free Clinic Solutions consulting team and president of MMB Advantages, has more than 20 years of experience in the health care, human service, and pharmaceutical industries. She specializes in supporting the development of high-performing medication access programs. Marisa has consulted recently with Virginia’s award-winning Rx Partnership and Heinz Family Philanthropies/PS2. She served for nine years as Assistant Director of the Fairfax County (VA) Department of Health’s Community Health Care Network (CHCN). She graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.
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