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Wisconsin Step Therapy Reform a Coalition Effort

CSRO, in partnership with the Wisconsin Step Therapy Coalition is taking the lead on step therapy reform in the state.

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Indiana Demands Policy Against Forced Medication Switches

Non-medical switching is a strategy used by health plans to reduce expenses by switching the prescription for a stable patient to a “preferred” drug — for reasons unrelated to the patients’ well-being and in some cases without warning.

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Illinois Non-Medical Switching Law in Effect

A new law in Illinois ensures that commercial health plans deliver on policies they market and sell to Illinoisans. Prior to January 1st of this year, insurers in Illinois could change prescription drug coverage on a patient at any point during the year, and while patients were still locked into their plan. This practice is referred to as “non-medical switching” and can have serious negative health effects for patients.

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Hospitals Beginning To Practice Non-Medical Switching

CSRO has been fielding reports from physicians around the states who have found that their patients are no longer able to access their prescribed treatment. Some hospital systems are no longer carrying biologic originator products, meaning that patients must find an alternative site of care.

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CSRO Hosts State Society Leaders at the ACR

On Monday, October 22nd, CSRO hosted a breakfast for state rheumatology society leaders present at the ACR. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about emergent patient access issues, CSRO’s plans for 2019, and hear from a speaker who discussed implementation and compliance issues with existing patient access laws.

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Illinois Enacts Non-medical Switching Protections

On Friday, August 24th, Illinois’ Governor signed HB4146 into law, providing patients much needed protections from non-medical switching.

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CSRO attends National Conference of State Legislatures

Each year state legislators from across the country congregate to discuss innovative solutions that can be implemented to solve problems faced in common by various state legislatures.

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2018 Session Capped with Approval of Three States’ Biosimilar Measures

Over the course of the past year, interchangeable biosimilar substitution laws with physician communication provisions have continued to find enormous success in the states.

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CSRO Attends FSR Conference

CSRO staff was pleased to attend the 2018 Florida Society of Rheumatology Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Maine Legislature Moves to Protect Patients

Late in Maine’s 2018 session, the legislature passed two separate patient protections measures of benefit to patients battling chronic illnesses.

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