Aimed Monthly Highlights

It Takes a Village

We just published the second installment in our three-part series titled Common-Sense Steps to Reduce the Cost of Health Care in the U.S. Part II of this series focuses on steps that health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers can take to lower costs for consumers, while Part I discussed the federal government’s role. Click here to start reading.

Staff Announcement 

Aimed Alliance has brought a new staff member on board. We are pleased to announce that John A. Wylam, Esq. is now serving as Staff Attorney for Aimed Alliance. John brings with him four years of patient advocacy and health policy experience. Click here to read Mr. Wylam’s full biography.

Mind the Gap

In 2020, millions of Medicare Part D plan beneficiaries will experience a large increase in the amount that they pay out-of-pocket for their medications. We just published our educational fact sheet regarding this “out-of-pocket cliff” where we analyze the issue and describe how policymakers can avert this looming crisis. Click here to learn more.

A Principled Approach 

Just in time for the new year, Aimed Alliance has revised it's guiding principles. Click here to learn about our mission, as well as our vision and the values that drive our work.

Where We've Been

Speaking Engagements

Aimed Alliance staff regularly speaks at conferences and other similar events. Below is a list of our recent speaking engagements.
  • On Nov. 14, Aimed Alliance’s Director of Medical Affairs, Shannon Ginnan, MD, spoke at the National Conference of Women Legislators in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ginnan highlighted findings from Aimed Alliance’s 2018 survey and corresponding report, Putting Profits Before Patients: Provider Perspectives on Health Insurance Barriers that Harm PatientsClick here to view our slides.
  • On Nov. 15, Aimed Alliance hosted a workshop event in Scottsdale, AZ titled “Preserving the Right to Quality Care Part II: Spotlight on Migraine Disorders in the Workplace.” This event focused on employees who experience hidden conditions, such as migraines, and the rights they have under the state and federal laws and regulations. Click here to view photos from the event on Facebook.
  • On Nov. 27, Aimed Alliance counsel, Stacey L. Worthy, spoke on a panel at the 2018 National Summit on Balanced Pain Management titled “Payer Considerations for Balanced Pain Management.” Click here for a summary of the Summit.
  • On Nov. 28, Aimed Alliance counsel, Stacey L. Worthy, presented at a session titled “Navigating the Lung Cancer Screening Coverage Landscape” at the Lung Cancer Alliance’s 4th Annual Collaborating for Improved Screening and Care Conference. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Media Coverage  

Below is a list of recent op-eds, notable news articles, and podcasts featuring our work.

  • Click here to listen to a podcast hosted by the Heartland Institute in which Aimed Alliance counsel, Stacey L. Worthy, discusses copay accumulator programs and how they can be unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory.
  • Click here to read an article by Benefits Pro highlighting our Employers Beware report on copay accumulators and how they place additional cost-sharing responsibilities onto patients.
  • Click here to read an op-ed by Aimed Alliance's Director of Medical Affairs, Shannon Ginnan, MD, published by Morning Consult. This op-ed highlights findings from our Provider Perceptions survey and calls on Congress to put health care providers back in the driver's seat when it comes to medical decision making.
  • Click here to read a column published in the Columbus Dispatch, written by Aimed Alliance counsel, Stacey L. Worthy. This column analyzes the practice of non-medical switching among hospitals and health systems and the risks such policies present to patients’ health.
  • Click here to read an article published by Fierce Healthcare highlighting our survey that studied how providers perceive their ability to practice medicine in the face of insurers exerting more influence over medical decision making.

In Case You Missed It

We’ve all been busy over the holidays, but the work never stops. Below are some recent items that we don’t want you to miss! 

  • Earlier this year, Aimed Alliance commissioned an online survey of primary care physicians to gauge their attitudes towards health insurers and the role that they play in determining patient access to treatments. On Oct. 28, Aimed Alliance released a report based on these findings titled Putting Profits Before Patients: Provider Perspectives on Health Insurance Barriers that Harm PatientsClick here to read the report, click here to view the report’s infographic of key findings, and click here to view the report’s infographic on provider and patient rights. 

  • On Nov. 1, Aimed Alliance published a brochure designed to help consumers select health plans that meet their individualized needs. Click here to access the brochure, and click here to view our open enrollment video. Open enrollment ends on Dec. 15, 2018.  


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