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PAF Webinars

Hosted by expert case managers, PAF’s webinars and webcast events feature topics that address common areas of confusion for patients, caregivers and providers. Webcasts are provided free of charge and available to those who

Patient Empowerment Series

This webcast series is designed to provide comprehensive educational information to help build patients’ skills when advocating in their own healthcare situations. Built to address the most frequently asked topics requested by patients to PAF’s case managers, this webcast series will deliver actionable advice to every viewer enabling a powerful skill set to avoid the most common barriers in care.

The Patient Empowerment Series will feature advice gained from PAF’s nearly 20 years of case management services, ensuring those facing life threatening, chronic or debilitating illness are equipped to implement successful healthcare strategies on their own behalf. Each session will connect viewers to helpful web-based resource tools and PAF’s comprehensive resource library.

Upcoming Live Sessions

Preventive Benefits – What should you be doing and what to do if you have a positive screening?
May 19, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
This session will help you make sense of the varying guidelines surrounding recommended preventive care, and discuss what should you be doing to protect your health and what provisions are in place relative to insurance reimbursement for preventative services. This session will also discuss possible hurdles that you may encounter when trying to access your preventive benefits; insurance barriers, unexpected costs and your plan’s definition of preventive vs. your provider’s definition. And finally, should your screening reveal a problem what should you do next and how do you navigate the healthcare landscape.

Accessing Disability Benefits
June 16, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
Speakers will explain how to access disability benefits when faced with a chronic or life threatening disease and discuss how disability status impacts eligibility for other services. This session will focus primarily on social security disability benefits with a brief overview of private disability programs. Specific topics will include understanding eligibility guidelines, navigating the application process, overcoming denials and understanding the disability timeline.

Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients 
July 21, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
Experts will host a comprehensive conversation about fertility preservation for individuals facing a cancer diagnosis, including what to consider before beginning treatment, engaging your providers in the discussion and understanding what fertility resources and support are available. Finally, this session will provide basic education on insurance coverage and reimbursement options for fertility services.

Understanding Medicare Basics
August 18, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
This basic overview of the Medicare program is perfect for those that are approaching, or those who are already, Medicare-eligible age. Session will include an overview of Medicare plan structure, decisions you need to make during first-time eligibility, how to process your initial enrollment, what to do if you miss your enrollment and what if you are still working. This session will address the most classic Medicare-enrollee, those that are 65 years of age or older.

Your Plan’s Drug Formulary – The Key to Truly Understanding your Medication Benefits
September 15, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
This comprehensive discussion will address the impact of drug formularies on medication access, arming patients and caregivers with critical information. Specific topics will include drug tiers and out of pocket costs, how to locate your individual medications within a formulary, the process by which drugs are added to formularies and what are PBM’s and their role in pharmaceutical access.

Home Health and Nursing Home Benefits 
October 20, 2016 12:00 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time
Join us for an in-depth look at insurance coverage for home health services and nursing home care. This discussion will specifically address Medicare and Medicaid benefits for healthcare services delivered in the home setting as well as coverage for nursing home care, eligibility requirements for both, coverage limitations and the intersection between the Medicare and Medicaid programs for certain patients. A variety of resources for patients and caregivers will also be provided.  

Current Library of Patient Empowerment Series
Each session is available on-demand for instant access.

What PAF Services are Available to Help Patients in 2016

This session includes details on the specific help that PAF offers to patients across our patient services divisions, including PAF’s financial assistance programs, case management support services, and educational resources. Register Here

Getting to Know PAF's Interactive Resources: How They Can Benefit You

Discover PAF’s collection of free interactive resources including our publication library, mobile apps, and our comprehensive Underinsured and Uninsured Resource Directories. Register Here.

Still Uninsured after Open Enrollment?

This session helps you to understand care options for those that are currently uninsured, including ways to reduce costs and improve awareness of services offered to the uninsured through healthcare facilities and programs including state and local health departments, free clinic networks, hospital emergency departments and pharmaceutical manufacturer free drug programs. Register Here

Genomic vs. Genetic Testing and What It means to Your Healthcare Options

Learn the differences between these terms, which options are appropriate testing in your situation, and awareness of how test results can open personalized medicine and targeted therapy options. Register Here

Clinical Trials: A Pathway to Cutting Edge Treatments

This session informs patients and caregivers of why clinical trials are important as part of today’s arsenal of emerging disease care. Discussion on common misconceptions surrounding clinical trials, benefits of participation, and how to begin searching, screening and participate a trial. Register Here

Maximizing Your Coverage & Getting the Most Out of Your Benefits

Avoid common roadblocks to care by exploring and using the benefits you are entitled to under your plan language. Register Here

Financial Barriers - Affording Medications and Prescribed Drugs

From co-pay programs to educational resources, learn more about your available options for balancing out-of-pocket medication costs. Register Here

Your Options for Accessing Second Options

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/Celgene-logo.png Explore the benefits and options of seeking coverage for second opinions and subsequent treatment. Register Here This session is sponsored by Celgene

Insurance Denials - How to Construct your Appeal Submission

Discover your next steps after you’ve been denied treatment coverage, from formatting your appeals letter to what to expect during the appeal process. Register Here

Preparing for Open Enrollment - Changing Plans and/or Enrolling in New Insurance

Review the fine details of annual open enrollment including information about employer-based and marketplace general enrollment, fees, and deadlines. Register Here

Understanding Workplace Benefits Related to Health

http://www.patientadvocate.org/images/content/astellas_logo.pngEmployers offer many different types of benefits that complement your base pay.  Become familiar with typical options that exist in the workplace and federal protections designed to protect those diagnosed with a serious illness. Register Here  This session is sponsored by Astellas US LLC

Additional Webinars by PAF

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