Although it’s been shown to be more expensive in the long run — requiring additional visits to physicians, emergency rooms and even hospitalization stays — step therapy treatment continues to be a common practice among insurers.
Appealing step therapy protocols is a time-intensive task for both patients and providers and can sometimes take months to resolve. During this time, patient outcomes may suffer and providers become inundated with administrative burdens.
Advocate for your patients and staff by supporting the Safe Step Act! Introduced in April 2019, this legislation requires a clear, convenient and expedited appeal process guarantying decisions within three days (or 25 hours, if life-threatening).
Learn more about how step therapy works and explore state-specific regulations that may help your patients at www.gastro.org/step-therapy.
This activity is made possible by support from Pfizer and Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.