Will Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase deliver patient-centered reforms?

Last month, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced plans to launch a joint venture to deliver health care to their employees with the goal of decreasing costs and improving employee satisfaction. “Our people want transparency, knowledge and control when it comes to managing their healthcare,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman …

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Aetna Medical Director Admits To Never Reviewing Medical Records Before Denying Care: What Every Patient Should Know

A former medical director at insurance giant Aetna admitted under oath that he never reviewed patient medical records before denying coverage. According to Fierce Healthcare: Aetna is facing backlash—and an investigation in California—after a former medical director testified that he never looked at patients’ medical records when making coverage decisions. …

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Anthem: Insurance company refusing to cover emergency room visits

The largest insurance company in the country is refusing to cover patient visits to the emergency room — anytime that the insurance company deems the ER visit “unnecessary.” Anthem is denying emergency room visits for serious symptoms, including chest pains, difficulty breathing and blood in the urine. “Health insurance companies …

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Public Input Welcome on the Open-Source Value Project

You have until February 16th to comment on the IVI value model for rheumatoid arthritis. The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI), an organization dedicated to better understanding value in health care, is calling for comments on its Open-Source Value Project, a first-of-its-kind effort that engages all health care stakeholders in an …

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Arizona opioid legislation

Arizona: Patients Rising joins coalition calling for patient access amendments to opioid reform legislation

Governor Doug Ducey recently signed major legislation that would change the way that patients access pain management treatments, including opioids. The Arizona opioid legislation was approved “at breakneck speed” during a special legislative session. In the span of just three days, state lawmakers reviewed, amended and approved the legislation, and Gov. Ducey signed …

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RA Connection

The RAConnection Expands its Mission to Include Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Osteoporosis and Wellness

In order to meet the changing ways that patients access information and community, a new version of the Rheumatoid & Arthritis Connection (theRAConnection) was launched February 1. The new version allows patients and their caregivers to access daily news, connect with others with a single click from their mobile device, …

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ICER Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy for B-Cell Cancers

ICER Draft Evidence Report on Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy for B-Cell Cancers

We appreciate the opportunity ICER allows for stakeholders, including patient advocates and patients themselves, to comment on ICER’s draft evidence report and voting questions on Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell (CAR-T) for B-Cell Cancers. In assessing ICER’s draft evidence report and voting questions, we choose to view through the lens of …

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