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Rural Primary Care Approach to Managing Medication Costs

Broadcast Date: May 13, 2021


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While COVID-19 has impacted patient insurance statuses and ability to pay for high-cost medications, rural patients have encountered this barrier for years. During this podcast a primary care physician and clinical pharmacist will discuss the impact of patient assistance programs in allowing all patients access to guideline recommended therapies, as well as how to implement this service into your practice.


Allison FayAllie Fay, PharmD, CPP, BCACP, BC-ADM, is the clinical pharmacist of The Family Health Centers, a physician-owned independent practice in Asheville, NC. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Community Care of North Carolina, then her PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency with a focus in academia with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Currently, she primarily provides chronic disease management through a co-visit model. Additionally, she assists with Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, high-risk transitions of care, and medication access. Dr. Fay also serves as a preceptor for fourth-year pharmacy students and UNC Rural Health Scholars. Outside of her practice, she serves within ASHP on the SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability, Western North Carolina Outpatient Pharmacy Partners, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Todd HodgesTodd Hodges has been a Family Medicine MD at The Family Health Centers Asheville, NC since 2012.


The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.