A Case for Electronic Prior Authorization

December 1, 2014

The following might sound like a joke but the scenario isn’t funny: A patient walks into a pharmacy to pick up her prescription, and heads to the counter to get her prescription filled only to learn that the drug requires prior authorization from her insurance company.

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Elements of a Patient-Centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

September 19, 2014

Increasingly provider compensation and penalties are associated with the quality of care they deliver to their patients and whether those patients heed their advice. Although there is not a quick fix formula to ensure a patient complies with provider guidance, strategies exist to enhance patient engagement and accountability.

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Communications Strategies that Foster Patient Accountability

April 22, 2014

Health literacy, defined as the “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”,* is a growing concern within the U.S. as more Americans are diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases…chronic diseases that often require complicated self-care.

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About the Author

Maria Barhams

Ms. Barhams joined DrFirst in 2014 as the director of population health after beginning her career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a fellow in 2007. In her public service capacity, she leveraged her background in biology and public health/health services administration in various analyst, administrative, intramural, and extramural functions across the NIH. Most notably, Ms. Barhams supported the revision of clinical guidelines and risk stratification of a rare disease affecting patients with compromised immune systems. These guidelines were later adopted and published by the American Academy of Neurology. Ms. Barhams is passionate about public health and the rapid diffusion of evidence from research into real-world clinical settings to improve patient outcomes and reduce disparities. In her capacity at DrFirst, she supports the realization of this vision via DrFirst's technology solution, Patient Advisor.