Talk to your patient about phototherapy

It is well known that phototherapy is a safe, effective and cost conscience option for treating many dermatologic diseases, but what issues affect patient adherence to the treatment? Some factors that negatively affect adherence to phototherapy treatment include insurance coverage, copays and distance to travel to a clinic.

According to a recent study in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology*, the primary reason for early non-adherence was attending phototherapy sessions in a clinic.  And of the early non-adherent patients 67.3% of them did not attend any phototherapy sessions. The analysis reveals that distance from the clinic where the phototherapy treatment is given is associated with this non-adherence.

The findings in this study point out that one way to help increase adherence to phototherapy treatment is to consider adding phototherapy centers in surrounding areas. Another option is prescribing home phototherapy for your patients who live outside of a 5-mile radius of your clinic or treatment centers.

Patient adherence to home phototherapy appears to also be positively influenced by follow up visits shortly after the patient begins home treatment. In addition to saving your patients a trip to the office you can also save them on their co-pays.

Daavlin will also help deal with your patients’ insurance company from start to finish with the home phototherapy reimbursement program. Contact us today to find out more. Call Daavlin at 1-800-322-8546

*Qing Yu Weng, BS, Elizabeth Buzney, MD, Cara Joyce, PhD, Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH, Distance of travel to phototherapy is associated with early nonadherence: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. June 2016 Vo 74, Issue 6. Pages 1256 – 1259.