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Bowel Sounds Ep. 13: Matthew Giefer and Brad Pasternak – Tackling Prior Authorizations and Medication Approval

In this episode,  Temara Hajjat and Jenn Lee interview Dr. Matthew Giefer and Dr. Brad Pasternak. Drs. Giefer and Pasternak share their experience advocating for the approval of medications for their patients. The discussion also covers the challenges involved in medication approval, how to approach your local and state representatives, and lobbying in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Giefer is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Ochsner Children’s in New Orleans, Louisiana, specializing in advanced endoscopy and pancreatology, and Dr. Pasternak is a pediatric gastroenterologist and the Medical Director of the IBD program at Phoenix Children's in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to advocate for medication approval after they are denied by the insurance. 
  2. Understand the resources available to tackle prior authorizations and denials. 
  3. Recognize the importance of advocating and speaking up against insurance denials. 

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The Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
Help & Hope for Children with Digestive Disorders
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
JPGN Reports