Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight
This week in Patient Advocacy, we share articles that detail efforts of advocacy groups working to improve pain management, health insurance coverage gaps, and even the acoustic experience of patients in hospitals.
U.S. Pain Foundation-which claims 70,000 members and 100,000-plus social media followers points out only 1 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding is targeted to pain research.
It’s not uncommon for women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to run into this type of roadblock when they need genetic testing or preventive services, said Lisa Schlager, vice president of community affairs and public policy at Force, an advocacy group for people affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.
There is now a small but diverse group of experts—electronic musicians, acousticians, researchers, and healthcare providers—devoted to improving the sound experience of hospitals. Already, they have begun to change the soundscape of the hospital.
While the federal government has now mandated that all private insurance companies cover virtual colonoscopies (with no co-pay to the patient), Medicare is still dragging its feet by denying coverage to its senior citizens.
“No PBM can provide the level of care cancer patients require. CVS Caremark, or any other PBMs considering similar action, will make more money, but patients will suffer because of it.” –Josh Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS, Community Oncology Pharmacy Association (COPA) co-chair and director of pharmacy at Dayton Physicians Network, Dayton, Ohio.
The articles above are from our dedicated Oncology Patient Advocacy e-magazine. Follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular, weekly BioBlog emails.