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Guest Post: The Expanding Opportunity for Advanced Practice Clinicians

Dec 20, 2016 2:13:00 PM / by user posted in advanced practice, Nurse Practitioner, guest post


By: Jude Jussim, Veralon
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A better solution to Prior Authorization with medications

Jul 20, 2016 12:08:00 PM / by user posted in Nurse Practitioner, nursing, guest post, medication administration


This blog post was written by the CoverMyMeds team and might help practicing nurses learn more about prior authorization for medications. If you're a Nurse Educator, this could also give you some ideas for how to discuss prior authorization with your students or incorporate it into simulation.

Nurses: With Specialty Meds on the Rise, You Need a Better PA Solution
Did you know specialty medications make up the majority of the prescription market? Most require Prior Authorization (PA), which can leave you and your co-workers trapped in the endless paper form and fax cycle of the traditional PA process. Prescribers writing scripts for specialty meds can often lean on their nurses to handle the details when it comes to completing PA requests. Today, the team at CoverMyMeds wants to fill you in on some new stats regarding specialty meds and the new electronic solutions available to help alleviate some of the headache when completing PA requests.
What defines specialty medication?
Specialty medications often manage chronic disorders (multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C and immune deficiencies are a few examples), and can require special administration (i.e., through injectable or intravenous (IV) infusion).
Another defining characteristic: specialty medications are expensive. The industry generally recognizes any medication costing $1,000+ per 30-day supply as specialty.

So is PA required for all specialty medications?

While there are always exceptions, specialty medications likely require a PA request. With a significant increase in specialty meds, we’ve seen a direct correlation to PA requests spiking as well. As new medication continues to develop, this will be something that continues to trend upward.

What takes the PA process so long, anyway?
First, let’s review a quick definition:

  • Prior Authorization: The patient’s prescription coverage plan needs extra information about why your patient needs the prescribed medication in order to determine benefit coverage.

The PA process involves several parties (pharmacy, doctor, health plan, patient) and is often time consuming. CoverMyMeds steps in to limit the inevitable back and forth, with an electronic, streamlined solution for nurses and their staff. Instead of printing a form, manually filling it out and sending a paper copy to the plan, you can now complete all requests, from start to finish, through the CoverMyMeds web portal or directly through your electronic health record (EHR), at no cost.

Wait, so who are you again?

Our story began back in 2008 when a pharmacist and a tech guy questioned, “Why won’t the health plan just cover my meds?” Today, we are the leading electronic prior authorization (ePA) company in the nation, helping more patients receive the medications they need in order to live healthier lives. In fact, more than 600,0000 providers and staff use CoverMyMeds to manage PA requests, along with 80 percent of the pharmacy network, nationwide.

As a Provider or Medical Professional, how do I make the process easier, like you mentioned? An electronic solution, such as CoverMyMeds, is your best bet. You may already have access to manage PA requests within your EHR system. If not, it’s easy to get started with the CoverMyMeds HIPAA-compliant online portal. Simply create a free account or log in to complete your next PA request in minutes!

By completing PA requests electronically, your office will save time, reduce administrative waste and help patients get the medications originally prescribed. On average, users indicate they complete PA requests in 3-5 minutes through CoverMyMeds versus the traditional fax or phone process, which often requires 15-20 minutes. The CoverMyMeds solution works with all health plans and for any drug (retail and specialty). This is important to ensure you only need to work through one process for any scenario — even Medicare and Medicaid.

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Ted Talk on Nursing Education

Dec 28, 2015 10:47:00 AM / by user posted in Nurse Practitioner, physician's assistant, tools for nursing instructors, video, CNA, continuing education, free resources, health science education, links, simulation


Did you know Patricia Thomas did a Ted Talk on Nursing Education? Being a huge fan of Ted Talks, I'm amazed I never came across this before. Check out her wonderful presentation here:

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Teaching idea for Advanced Practice Students

Oct 14, 2015 12:27:00 PM / by user posted in Nurse Practitioner, nursing education, physician's assistant, health science education, teaching idea


Now that we have our Provider module for Advanced Practice and Physician's Assistant students, we'd love to get the gears moving when it comes to teaching ideas. If your school has either one of these programs, email us to set up a demo and explore how our product could work for your school.

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Nursing New Year's Resolutions ... Modified

Jan 14, 2015 4:41:00 PM / by user posted in Nurse Practitioner, nursing, Paramedic, CNA, Medical Assistant, Nursing Students


We know it's 15 days into the New Year and by this time, it's easy to forget those resolutions and bury them in the past. Most of the time, we've found that scrapping the resolutions is a product of unrealistic goals. Instead of trying to stick to those initial, lofty, goals, we've come up with some modifications that any Nurse, Health Professional or Nursing student will be able to stick to throughout the year.

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Thanksgiving activity for Nursing students - What's wrong with your patient?

Nov 26, 2014 11:47:00 AM / by user posted in Nurse Practitioner, nursing education, tools for nursing instructors, free resources, teaching idea


We found some great examples of weird, unexpected and common problems that come into the E.R. around Thanksgiving. This activity is great for students to complete before holiday vacation when you're not ready to start a new lesson, but you still want students thinking. We like to give prizes (or snacks) to the student to solves all the cases first. For a printable/editable version of this sheet click here.

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New Feature: Patient Education Resource Link

Jul 9, 2014 1:29:00 PM / by user posted in EHR Tutor, electronic medical records, Nurse Practitioner, nursing education, academic EHR, academic EMR, CNA, EHR, electronic health records, EMR, Medical Assistant, Nursing Students, teaching idea


A while back we added a new feature for our users and it just dawned on us that we never posted the updates to our blog. So for anyone that might have been wondering, we now have a Patient Education Resource Link for students to use. How would you use our new feature?

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Academic EHRs - not just for hospital simulations! How to teach clinic and office based skills as well.

Jun 30, 2014 1:10:00 PM / by user posted in EHR Tutor, Nurse Practitioner, nursing education, academic EHR, academic EMR, EHR, Medical Assistant, teaching idea


We recently had a school ask us if our program could be used to demonstrate clinic/office skills as well as hospital skills.

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