Good News for Specialty Practices – PARx Solutions Expands Partnership with ZappRx

By Dan Rubin, CEO

Recently, PARx expanded our partnership with ZappRx, a healthcare technology company that reduces the administrative burden associated with prescribing specialty medications. As of June 2018, ZappRx users  – which range from large academic medical centers to small, independent physician practices – can access PARx Solutions’ prescription prior authorization services across all treatment areas supported on the ZappRx platform. This is especially good news for practices in Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, and Neurology, broadening their ability to significantly shorten the prior authorization timeline. ZappRx leverages our PASS (prior authorization support system) to alleviate the administrative burden for medical practices.

As I noted in the announcement of this expanded partnership, since the beginning, ZappRx and PARx Solutions have been very complementary. We believe that ZappRx offers specialty drug prescribers a comprehensive solution that makes it dramatically easier for physicians to combat and treat complex diseases. Together, we have been tremendously successful in the past 18 months within the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Cystic Fibrosis (CF) therapeutic categories, adding support this year for Congestive Heart Failure and Hyperlipidemia. We are excited to extend our joint solutions into new therapeutic categories, which will immediately and dramatically increase the number of lives we can positively impact.

And it’s already working: according to a ZappRx’s pre-implementation survey results, physicians who prescribed specialty drugs experienced PA approval rates below 75 percent before using the integrated ZappRx -PARx approach, In contrast, the ZappRx-PARx solution has produced approval rates of 95 percent, with approvals secured in a matter of days, not weeks, even for complex conditions such as PAH.

At a recent launch of the ZappRx Platform at a prestigious academic medical center, prescribers were thrilled to have the first PA submitted through the Platform approved the same afternoon.  ‘The clinical staff was so surprised at the quick turnaround, that they actually reached out to our team to see if we were playing a joke,’ said Karen Tirozzi, Vice President of Solutions at ZappRx.  PARx is excited about continuing to expand our partnership with ZappRx and look forward to providing PA support services to new health care organizations and physicians who choose the ZappRx platform for their specialty drug prescribing support.

A Prescription for Meeting the Prior Authorization Challenge

By Dan Rubin, CEO

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In this blog so far, you’ve heard our insights into how to best meet the prior authorization (PA) challenge – we hope you’ve found our posts to be relevant and helpful to your practice. Over the coming months, we’re going to add outside voices to the blog, sharing the experiences of physicians and their practice managers across different therapeutic areas. Whether you’re in an ophthalmology or optometry office, you’re an OB/GYN or a gastroenterologist, or another specialty, PAs are a pain point for which every physician practice can use a prescription!

As a sneak preview to this series, here are some examples of how taking on the PA challenge through partnering with PARx has helped physician practices, in their own words:

“I didn’t use to do a lot of PAs. But now, more of the medications I prescribe require them. I used to be like most doctors I know – if I knew a medication needed a PA I avoided it. The PASS system is good because PARx knows how to expedite the process. With PARx, it is much easier for my practice, and there is no cost – using PARx is a no brainer.” – an OB/GYN in Alabama


“Before we used PARx, we tried a PA service that just provided the forms, meaning that if the PA was denied or there was an issue, we had to call the insurance companies ourselves, which was time consuming and frustrating. I would rather go through gum surgery than do that again! Now, with the PASS system, our patients are getting what the doctor is prescribing more often and in a more reasonable amount of time.” – Practice Manager for an Optometrist in Massachusetts


“In the past, we were in a real bind when the prescription was denied for a medication for which there really was no substitute. Since we started using PARx, we see a lot more approvals, and our patients are really happy when they can get the medication they and the doctor want.  Plus, I and the rest of the practice staff have more time to help the patients in front of us instead of sitting on hold with the insurance company, where we would wait 15-20 minutes just to talk to a live person. On the PASS system, it takes a fraction of that time to enter all the information, and then their people take it from there. So much easier.” – Practice Manager for an Endocrinologist in New York City

Sound familiar? Stay tuned for more stories on how meeting the PA challenge is good for your staff, your patients, and your bottom line.