Work With Us
The founder of PSI shaped the very first non-profit patient assistance model in 1989. Our team of experts knows what is required in order to continue to save lives through financial assistance. We understand that patients’ needs change and therefore, we continue to develop to meet their needs. Through PSI assistance programs patients and their families rediscover hope and health. We are confident that we can assist you in meeting the needs of patients nationwide.
PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
- Locating health insurance in all 50 states
- Subsidizing the cost of health insurance premiums
- Providing pharmacy and treatment copayment assistance
- Assisting with Medicare Part D co-insurance
- Helping with advocacy for Social Security Disability
- And more!
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES
- In 2002, Patient Services was the first non-profit of its kind to receive a positive United States Department of Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General Opinion, specifically allowing Patient Services to assist Medicare patients with premium and copayment assistance without infringing upon enticement/inducement or fraud and abuse.
- Patient Services lead the way in requesting a guidance publication from CMS allowing non-profits to satisfy “donut hole” expenses in June of 2004.
- In 2004, PSI was instrumental in helping pharmaceutical companies bring the new Part D drugs to market in meeting the needs of Medicare Part D beneficiaries experiencing unaffordable out-of-pocket costs, known as TrOOP (True Out of Pocket). PSI provides a solution to meeting the challenges of Part D out of pockets costs for patients. As new Part D drugs come to market, PSI is there to help companies meet the challenges of patient assistance.
- In 2008, PSI assisted a pharmaceutical company in bringing Hereditary Angioedema to market by helping them understand the patient assistance needs. As they were completing clinical trials, PSI was approached to help consult with the building of their comprehensive patient assistance program. We provided them with years of information and experiential patient need which helped them develop a top-notch patient assistance program and successful marketing strategy.
ADMINISTRATION OF COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS
- PSI is an expert in helping pharmaceutical companies emerging from clinical trials to introduce their new approved drug to the commercial population in the specific area of patient assistance.
- PSI helps companies that are awaiting or have received FDA approval on their new drug identify the commercial need for patient assistance. Challenges that can be addressed surround supplying free drug during a gap period or addressing the area of affordability due to being uninsured or underinsured.
- PSI has helped new pharmaceutical companies develop needed comprehensive patient assistance programs for rare disorder specialized drug distribution.
PROGRAM SERVICES OFFERED
- Online referral process and application
- Interactive portals for patients, providers, and donors
- Online income prescreening tool to help determine eligibility prior to applying for assistance
- PSI Payment Assistance Card (adjudicates electronic payment of assistance for PBM and Major Medical)
- Translation services
- Streamlined reporting capabilities
- And more!
To further explore a list of program services offered please contact the Program Development Department at [email protected].
PROGRAM STATUS AND EXPERIENCE
PSI currently offers financial assistance in over 20 diverse rare disease areas. Financial support is only provided to patients who have been prescribed a FDA approved medication and financial aid is dependent upon funds available within a specific rare disease program.
The list of Supported Illnesses is updated on a daily basis. It may change as PSI adds services or support for newly funded programs. Likewise, the list may change as funding or support changes, or is no longer available for specific illnesses. View a list of previously supported illnesses that are no longer currently offered by Patient Services.
For over two decades, Patient Services, Inc. has been fortunate to receive financial support from industry donors who simply want to help chronically ill patients afford the cost of their treatment. PSI and the patients we have assisted thank our benefactors for their generosity! It is our hope that they will continue to help our organization provide a financial safety net to the chronically ill for years to come.
Right Action for Women (RAW), founded by actress and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate, offers a financial assistance program to help young women who are at high risk for breast cancer gain access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening. Together with the Cancer Support Community (CSC), and Patient Services, Inc. (PSI), Right Action for Women has created a partnership to bring financial support to young women who are facing the risk of early breast cancer as a result of a genetic predisposition.
Learn more about the application process here.
*Right Action for Women is a sponsored program of New Venture Fund, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
PSI is proud to partner with The Mighty. The Mighty helps people facing disability, disease, mental illness and chronic illnesses. They know that stories from real people are incredibly empowering. That’s why they built a platform for people to tell those stories and connect with others facing similar challenges. The Mighty provides a safe platform for our community to tell their stories, connect with others and raise support for the causes they believe in. We are stronger when we face adversity together, and we know it.
The Mighty has partnered with over 200 nonprofit allies, including PSI, to deliver patient stories and excellent resources to our community. Read the latest news release about PSI’s partnership with The Mighty.
Generous charitable contributions help Patient Services maintain and expand its program offerings, and ultimately serve more people across the country. In fact, over 90% of funds are directly invested in growing or enhancing new programs that allow us to pay insurance premiums, pharmacy bills, and the cost of recurring treatment co-payments.
As with most gifts, your company’s donation is tax-deductible. For more information on the sponsorship opportunities currently available, or to arrange an appointment to discuss your preferred giving plan, please contact PSI’s Program Development Department at [email protected]
MEET THE TEAM
J. Arthur Wood
Art Wood is the CEO for Patient Services Incorporated. Art was drawn to Patient Services in 2003 from a background working with non-profits, which have focused on helping people with special needs.
Art leads efforts in conjunction with PSI’s Director of Government Relations, General Manager, Director of Community Outreach, and Program Development Department to secure donations from the pharmaceutical, government, and corporate sectors to ensure that Patient Services can provide assistance to as many patients as possible who have needs in the various disease states. Pharmaceutical companies have utilized PSI’s programs and have realized increased product usage, decreased use in compassionate product, and altruism in helping those persons suffering from expensive chronic illnesses.
Director of Donor Relations and Program Management
Karen began her career with PSI in 2004 as a Patient Services Representative (PSR) in the Operations Intake department and transitioned into a maintenance role servicing patients with their medication and health insurance premiums. In 2005, Karen transferred to the accounting department as a Bookkeeper, allowing her to learn an overall view of PSI’s services. She assisted with specific tasks including, accounts payable & receivable, reconciling of bank statements, and processing payments to PSI patients. She was promoted to Program Manager of PSI’s Enzyme Deficiency programs in December 2006 and managed the Intake department, which services more than 25 PSI financial assistance programs. In October 2011, Karen joined the Program Development Team as the Program Development and Maintenance Analyst. She currently holds the position of Director of Donor Relations and Program Management, developing and overseeing the success of patient assistance programs at PSI. Karen enjoys time with her two sons and spends the summer months relaxing at the beach and riding the Harley with her husband.
Mandy Herbert, MBA
Director of Community Outreach
Mandy Herbert was drawn to PSI in 2005 and has always had an increased personal interest for helping people with chronic illnesses. Since 2005, Mandy has contributed to the continued success of biologics and select oncology programs, led numerous funding campaigns, secured features in local and major national media outlets, aided in program development, and in fundraising efforts. Mandy received her BA in English with a minor in Psychology from High Point University in 2005, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and her MBA in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University in 2015. She currently resides in VA with her husband and their children (their son has mild hemophilia A). Aside from work , Mandy enjoys date nights with her husband, playing with her children, working out, trips to the beach, and spending time with family and close friends.
Coordinator of Social Media
Brittany is currently the Coordinator of Social Media with Patient Services Incorporated. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Mass Communications – Broadcast Journalism and minored in Psychology. Brittany served as a news intern for Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, NC. She was also one of two recipients selected for the Dayle Dunn Memorial Internship program at WTVR-CBS 6 before transitioning to PSI in May of 2017. Brittany is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. When not working, Brittany enjoys reading, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Program Development
With a desire to ‘give back’ and serve the rare-disease community, Kara joined PSI for its patient-centered mission to help the chronically ill with unaffordable medical expenses and to work alongside the team of experts that founded the patient assistance model. In her role as Director of Program Development, she is responsible for generating philanthropic corporate donations that ensure patients with costly chronic conditions have access to critical medical therapies. Kara brings more than 20 years of biopharmaceutical experience to PSI, most recently as Director of Advocacy & Alliance Development at GlaxoSmithKline, where she led the patient advocacy and professional association strategy, funding, and engagement across key therapeutic areas during healthcare reform in Washington, DC. Prior to arriving in Washington, she served in GSK’s flagship corporate social responsibility program in London, lobbying British Parliament for international development aid, having also held prior leadership roles in government affairs, managed markets and business development. Kara graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and earned a Masters degree at the University of Pennsylvania, studying healthcare systems in Europe as well as pharmaceutical IP protection and safety issues in China. When she’s not trekking through the Himalayas, Kara rides her bike through Rock Creek Park and volunteers at Georgetown University Hospital’s NICU, rocking infants as a trained ‘snuggler-cuddler.’
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