Step Therapy

Are State Protections Protecting Patients?

January 16, 2020

Health care providers say that regulators could do more to enforce commonsense limits on prior authorization and step therapy, according to a new series of reports from the Aimed Alliance.

Pushing for a Step in the Right Direction

December 16, 2019

As a dermatologist, it is my job to take the clues the skin provides and interpret these to do my very best to diagnose, monitor and treat my patients. Insurance companies sometimes make that difficult.

Making Step Therapy Safe for Patients

October 10, 2019

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would curb the health plan practice of requiring patients to try and fail an insurer-preferred drug before getting the one their doctor prescribed.

Breakthrough Cystic Fibrosis Treatment on the Horizon

June 7, 2019

Elated. Nervous. Hopeful. That’s how thousands of cystic fibrosis patients felt upon hearing last week’s news: the Food and Drug Administration will soon review a new triple combination therapy that could drastically improve their quality of life.

More than a Punchline

May 29, 2019

Most people have a stereotypical perception of Tourette syndrome. Likely based on a movie or TV show, their vision is of an uncontrollable stream of insults and curse words. On the screen, these symptoms become the joke, the punchline. Yet cliché portrayals of Tourette syndrome are not only oversimplified, but also harmful.

“I’m Calling about Paul”

February 25, 2019

Paul has been coming to our dermatology office for years.  He has painful psoriasis; after years of trying different medications he finally found one that controls his symptoms.  Then Paul changed insurance companies in the middle of his treatment.