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Carl’s Story

For the past dozen years or so, Carl Rakowski has had a bad back. The pain has been severe, but Carl has done everything he can to push through it.

“I started with therapy for two years, and it helped but didn’t last,” Carl said. “My doctor added Vicodin, but my back was getting worse and the meds and therapy together weren’t working well.”

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Carol’s Story

Carol Rose Kahn is a registered nurse who has seen firsthand the dangers associated with prior authorization issues. She works at the University of Michigan, where she seeks prior authorizations for patients struggling with opioid addiction, most often for a costly drug abuse deterrent called buprenorphine-naloxone.

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Dr. Christa Williams’ Story

From Dr. Williams’ perspective there’s no question about it—prior authorization worsens patient care.

“Every week it seems we see a patient’s health jeopardized by prior authorization issues.”

According to Dr. Williams, it’s particularly bad for patients suffering from emphysema and asthma.

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Lyndsey Crosbie’s Story

Like many people, Lyndsey would occasionally take Advil for pain relieve. Unlike many people, it took two visits to the emergency room before Lyndsey and her doctors realized that was a bad idea.

“It turns out I was actually allergic to NSAIDs and acetaminophen, which I would occasionally take to manage discomfort brought on by endometriosis and a painful hip condition. Taking those medicines would cause me to break out severely in hives.” 

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Jean MacDonald’s Story

Jean’s back pain had become too much to bear—her doctor decided it was time to see if a physical therapist could help.

And it did. Over the course of next several weeks, Jean received treatment from her new physical therapists 11 times and her pain was improving. That’s the last of the good news in this story.

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Nancy Harriman’s Story

When Nancy was 62 years old, she injured her neck while whitewater rafting.

Two surgeries, several screws, one titan plate and 15 years later, she is still dealing with the pain from that accident.

Now as a 77-year-old who is also trying to manage spinal stenosis and arthritis, the best Nancy can hope for most days is that her pain is tolerable. And for awhile she was succeeding at that.

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Stephanie Brening’s Story

Stephanie Brening’s was concerned – her infant daughter was not gaining any weight.

And that’s what babies do. They grow. And when they don’t it’s cause for serious concern. Recognizing the problem and intervening early is important.

And that’s exactly what Stephanie Brening tried to do. But problems with prior authorization made that needlessly difficult and burdensome.

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