Prior Authorization, Exceptions, & Appeals

Prior Authorization, Exceptions, & Appeals

There are 3 primary categories of requests:

  • Prior authorizations
  • Coverage determinations (including exception requests)
  • Appeals

These resources will help your practice better understand and manage payer processes.

Supporting Appropriate Payer Coverage Decisions Brochure — Helps you understand the information that payers may require for your patient's coverage of medically necessary drug therapies.

Checklists for Submitting Requests to Payers

Prior Authorization Considerations Checklist — Presents general information on prior authorization processes, including items and information that may be requested from your patient's insurer.

Exception Considerations Checklist — Gives an overview of exception processes for your patient's coverage of medically necessary drug therapies.

Appeal Considerations Checklist — Provides general information on insurance appeals processes, useful if your patient's insurer denies coverage.

Letter of Medical Necessity

Below is a sample Letter of Medical Necessity that you can use to create and submit your letter for medical necessity with either the initial claim to support the medical necessity of treatment with YONDELIS® for your patient or submit to support the medical necessity of treatment with YONDELIS® when requesting reconsideration of a denied claim.

Sample Letter of Medical Necessity

Exception Letter

Each payer follows a different process when filing exceptions and appeals. Below is a sample letter you can use when requesting an exception for YONDELIS®.

Sample Exception Letter

Prior Authorization

Some health plans in select states must use their state's uniform prior authorization request form. Click here to see if your state is included.

Uniform Prior Authorization Information for Select States

Other payers follow a different process. Please see table below or contact Janssen CarePath at 844-777-2828 for assistance in obtaining prior authorization forms.

The information provided is not a guarantee of coverage or payment (partial or full). Actual benefits are determined by each plan administrator in accordance with its respective policy and procedures. This document is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide reimbursement or legal advice, nor does it promise or guarantee coverage, levels of reimbursement, payment, or charge. It is not intended to increase or maximize reimbursement by any payer. Laws, regulations, and policies concerning reimbursement are complex and are updated frequently. While we have made an effort to be current as of the issue date of this document, the information may not be as current or comprehensive when you view it. Please refer to the applicable plan's Web site, or contact the plan for more information about coverage or any restrictions or prerequisites that may apply. We strongly recommend you consult the payer organization for its reimbursement policies.

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Payer Prior Authorization Information
Aetna Formularies & Pharmacy Clinical Policy Bulletins
Provider Precertification Lists
Health Care Professional Forms: Specialty Pharmacy Medication Request
Prior Authorization Form
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
California Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
California Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Request Form
Georgia Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Information
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Pharmacy: Drug Coverage Guidelines (Search by drug name)
Provider-Administered Drug Policies and Forms (Acceptance required to view)
General Prescription Drug Coverage Authorization Request Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida/Florida Blue Prior Authorization Program Information
Medical Pharmacy Prior Authorization Lists and Utilization Management
Member Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Forms
Specialty Pharmacy Request Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Specialty Drug Request Form
Prior Authorization Request Form
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Prior Authorization - Pharmacy
Online Prior Authorization Requests
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Provider Prior Authorization for Medical Drugs
Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Coverage Criteria
Medication Prior Authorization Request
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Prescription Drugs (Search drug list for medication requirements)
Pharmacy Utilization Management
Tools & Resources For Health Care Providers: Electronic Prior-Authorization
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Provider Forms and Documents
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs
Prior Authorization Forms (Select pharmacy tab)
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Prior Review and Limitations
Prior Authorization Facsimile Form
Online Prior Authorization Requests
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs: Request Forms
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Pharmacy Resources & Forms
Specialty Medications Program
Prior Authorization Process for Provider-Administered Specialty Medications
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Prior Authorization and Step Therapy Programs: Request Forms
Physician-Administered Drug Policies and Forms
Prior Authorization Request Form
Online Prior Authorization Form
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Pharmacy Forms
Pharmacy Prior Authorization
Prior Authorization Inquiries and Appeals
Online Prior Authorization Form
Cigna Pharmacy Resources
Pharmacy Prior Authorization Forms (Select drug)
Medication Prior Authorization Form
CVS Caremark Prior Authorization Information
Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Request Form
Prior Authorization for Professionally Administered Drugs
EmblemHealth Pharmacy Resources and Forms
Injectables and Specialty Pharmacy Program and Form
Prior Authorizations/Coverage Determinations
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. Medication Prior Authorization Program
Medication Request Forms and Clinical Coverage Criteria
Medical Drugs Prior Authorization
Massachusetts Standard Form For Medication Prior Authorization Requests
Health Net Pharmacy and Prior Authorization Forms
Prior Authorization Forms for Specific Drugs
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Prescription Drug Medication Request Form
Provider Resources for Prior Authorization Submissions
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Pharmacy Guidelines
Prior Authorization/Medical Necessity Determination Medicine List
Online Prior Authorization Form
Prior Authorization/Medical Necessity Determination Fax Form
Humana Medical and Pharmacy Coverage Policies
Prescribing: Prior Authorization for Pharmacy Drugs
Pharmacy Prior Authorizations
Online Pharmacy Prior Authorization Portal (Members)
Medical Precertification Request Form
Independence Blue Cross Prior Authorization: Pharmacy Benefit
Specialty Medical Benefit Drugs (search for product)
Prior Authorization Forms
Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.)
Kaiser Permanente Washington
Formulary and Formulary Exceptions Form (Select Region)
Injectable Drugs Requiring Prior Authorization (WA members)
Non-Medicare Injectable Drugs Requiring Prior Authorization List (WA members)
Premera Blue Cross Drugs Requiring Approval
Pharmacy Services Prior Authorization Request Form
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Provider Drug Information
Provider Prior Authorization

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INDICATION

YONDELIS® (trabectedin) is indicated for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic liposarcoma or leiomyosarcoma who received a prior anthracycline-containing regimen.

Important Safety Information For YONDELIS®

CONTRAINDICATIONS — YONDELIS® is contraindicated in patients with known severe hypersensitivity, including anaphylaxis, to trabectedin.   

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Neutropenic sepsis, including fatal cases, can occur. In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, the incidence of Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia, based on laboratory values, was 43% (161/378). Median time to the first occurrence of Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia was 16 days (range: 8 days to 9.7 months). Median time to complete resolution of neutropenia was 13 days (range: 3 days to 2.3 months). Febrile neutropenia (fever ≥38.5°C with Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia) occurred in 18 patients (5%) treated with YONDELIS®. Ten patients (2.6%) experienced neutropenic sepsis, 5 of whom had febrile neutropenia, which was fatal in 4 patients (1.1%). Assess neutrophil count prior to administration of each dose of YONDELIS® and periodically throughout the treatment cycle. Withhold or reduce dose of YONDELIS® based on severity of adverse reaction.

Rhabdomyolysis — YONDELIS® can cause rhabdomyolysis and musculoskeletal toxicity. In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, rhabdomyolysis leading to death occurred in 3 (0.8%) of the 378 patients receiving YONDELIS®. Elevations in creatine phosphokinase (CPK) occurred in 122 (32%) of the 378 patients receiving YONDELIS®, including Grade 3 or 4 CPK elevation in 24 patients (6%), compared to 15 (9%) of the 172 patients receiving dacarbazine with any CPK elevation, including 1 patient (0.6%) with Grade 3 CPK elevation. Among the 24 patients receiving YONDELIS® with Grade 3 or 4 CPK elevation, renal failure occurred in 11 patients (2.9%); rhabdomyolysis with the complication of renal failure occurred in 4 of these 11 patients (1.1%). Median time to first occurrence of Grade 3 or 4 CPK elevations was 2 months (range: 1 to 11.5 months). Median time to complete resolution was 14 days (range: 5 days to 1 month). Assess CPK levels prior to each administration of YONDELIS®. Withhold, reduce dose, or permanently discontinue based on severity of adverse reaction.

Hepatotoxicity, including hepatic failure, can occur. Patients with serum bilirubin levels above the upper limit of normal or AST or ALT levels >2.5 x upper limit of normal were not enrolled in Trial ET743-SAR-3007. In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, the incidence of Grade 3-4 elevated liver function tests (defined as elevations in ALT, AST, total bilirubin, or alkaline phosphatase) was 35% (134/378) in patients receiving YONDELIS®. Median time to development of Grade 3-4 elevation in ALT or AST was 29 days (range: 3 days to 11.5 months). Of the 134 patients with Grade 3 to 4 elevations in LFTs, 114 (85%) experienced complete resolution with the median time to complete resolution of 13 days (range: 4 days to 4.4 months). In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, the incidence of drug-induced liver injury (defined as concurrent  elevation in ALT or AST of more than three times the upper limit of normal, alkaline phosphatase less than two times the upper limit of normal, and total bilirubin at least two times the upper limit of normal) was 1.3% (5/378) in patients receiving YONDELIS®. ALT or AST elevation greater than eight times the upper limit of normal occurred in 18% (67/378) of patients receiving YONDELIS®. Assess LFTs prior to each administration of YONDELIS® and as clinically indicated based on underlying severity of pre‑existing hepatic impairment. Manage elevated LFTs with treatment interruption, dose reduction, or permanent discontinuation based on severity and duration of LFT abnormality.

Cardiomyopathy, including cardiac failure, congestive heart failure, ejection fraction decreased, diastolic dysfunction, or right ventricular dysfunction can occur. In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, a significant decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was defined as an absolute decrease of ≥15% or below the lower limit of normal with an absolute decrease of ≥5%. Patients with a history of New York Heart Association Class II to IV heart failure or abnormal LVEF at baseline were ineligible. In Trial ET743-SAR-3007, cardiomyopathy occurred in 23 patients (6%) receiving YONDELIS® and in four patients (2.3%) receiving dacarbazine. Grade 3 or 4 cardiomyopathy occurred in 15 patients (4%) receiving YONDELIS® and 2 patients (1.2%) receiving dacarbazine; cardiomyopathy leading to death occurred in 1 patient (0.3%) receiving YONDELIS® and in none of the patients receiving dacarbazine. The median time to development of Grade 3 or 4 cardiomyopathy in patients receiving YONDELIS® was 5.3 months (range: 26 days to 15.3 months). Patients with LVEF < lower limit of normal, prior cumulative anthracycline dose of ≥300 mg/m2, age ≥65 years, or a history of cardiovascular disease may be at increased risk of cardiac dysfunction. Assess LVEF by echocardiogram (ECHO) or multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan before initiation of YONDELIS® and at 2- to 3-month intervals thereafter until YONDELIS® is discontinued. Discontinue treatment with YONDELIS® based on severity of adverse reaction.

Capillary Leak Syndrome (CLS) characterized by hypotension, edema, and hypoalbuminemia has been reported with YONDELIS®, including serious CLS resulting in death. Monitor for signs and symptoms of CLS. Discontinue YONDELIS® and promptly initiate standard management for patients with CLS, which may include a need for intensive care.

Extravasation Resulting in Tissue Necrosis — Extravasation of YONDELIS®, resulting in tissue necrosis requiring debridement, can occur. Evidence of tissue necrosis can occur more than 1 week after the extravasation. There is no specific antidote for extravasation of YONDELIS®. Administer YONDELIS® through a central venous line.

Embryo-Fetal Toxicity — Based on its mechanism of action, YONDELIS® can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during therapy and for at least 2 months after the last dose of YONDELIS®. Advise males with female partners of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during therapy and for at least 5 months after the last dose of YONDELIS®.

Adverse Reactions — The most common (≥20%) adverse reactions are nausea (75%), fatigue (69%), vomiting (46%), constipation (37%), decreased appetite (37%), diarrhea (35%), peripheral edema (28%), dyspnea (25%), and headache (25%).

The most common (≥5%) grades 3-4 laboratory abnormalities are: neutropenia (43%), increased ALT (31%), thrombocytopenia (21%), anemia (19%), increased AST (17%), and increased creatine phosphokinase (6.4%).

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Effect of Cytochrome CYP3A Inhibitors — Avoid using strong CYP3A inhibitors (e.g., oral ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin, telithromycin, indinavir, lopinavir, ritonavir, boceprevir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, nefazodone, conivaptan) in patients taking YONDELIS®. If a strong CYP3A inhibitor for short-term use (i.e., less than 14 days) must be used, administer the strong CYP3A inhibitor 1 week after the YONDELIS® infusion, and discontinue it the day prior to the next YONDELIS® infusion.

Effect of Cytochrome CYP3A Inducers — Avoid using strong CYP3A inducers (e.g., rifampin, phenobarbital, St. John's wort) in patients taking YONDELIS®.

Please click here to read the full Prescribing Information for YONDELIS®.

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