The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Its mission is to help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatment they need by paying for their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability. As the OIG has stated, “PAPs have long provided important safety net assistance to . . . patients, many of whom have chronic illnesses and high drug costs.” In accomplishing its mission, the PAN Foundation is committed to full compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and administrative pronouncements.
In recent years, various governmental entities, such as the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have issued guidance related to the operation of patient assistance programs (PAPs), such as the PAN Foundation. Among these guidance documents are an OIG Special Advisory Bulletin, Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin and various Advisory Opinions:
- » OIG Special Advisory Bulletin on Patient Assistance Programs for Medicare Part D Enrollees
- » OIG Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin: Independent Charity Patient Assistance Programs, May 30, 2014
- » OIG Advisory Opinion 07-18, December 19, 2007
- » Modification of OIG Advisory Opinion 07-18, October 11, 2011
- » Modification of OIG Advisory Opinion 07-18, October 26, 2015*
The PAN Foundation endeavors to operate in full compliance with these guidance requirements.
Accordingly, the PAN Foundation has adopted and implemented a comprehensive compliance program to ensure that it fully meets its legal, ethical and fiduciary obligations. This program incorporates the seven core elements identified by the OIG as necessary for an effective compliance program. If a PAN Foundation employee, contractor or other stakeholder has a compliance-related concern or issue, they are encouraged to report it for review and appropriate action by the PAN Foundation compliance department.
- » A confidential compliance hotline is available to report (anonymously, if preferred) any compliance concerns or issues: 1-866-580-6442
* All referenced documents are available on the OIG website: https://oig.hhs.gov/compliance/advisory-opinions/index.asp; https://oig.hhs.gov/compliance/alerts/bulletins/index.asp