The LMDD Patient Principles that put patients first are:
- Patients and physicians should make individual treatment choices.
- You cannot treat all autoimmune diseases the same, as the responses to therapies vary widely from patient to patient.
- Patients should have access to easily understood information about their coverage: what is covered, how much it will cost them personally, and how to get coverage approved for the treatment they need.
- At the pharmacy counter, patients should receive discounts, rebates, and other insurer and non-insurer savings that help make medicines more affordable.
“Strong clinician-patient relationships are essential to achieving positive outcomes for patients and facilitating a more workable system for all health care stakeholders,” said
LMDD will take its Patient Principles on the road this week at the
ACR attendees are invited to experience – first-hand -- the frustrations associated with step therapy and “fail first” protocols in an interactive escape room exhibit. The “Escape the System” maze is designed to demonstrate the “madness” of step therapy and how it second guesses providers’ expertise, interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, and negatively impacts patient health.
In a survey by the
“Too often, coverage policies and ‘fail first’ strategies undermine the clinician-patient relationship, harm patient health, increase the paperwork burden on clinicians, and add unnecessary costs,” said Rutta.
Research from a team at
According to survey results released last week in a white paper by
Let My Doctors Decide is a national partnership of leaders across health care working in support of a simple goal: treatment decisions should always be made by patients and trusted health care professionals, not insurance companies or pharmacy benefit managers. LMDD is led by
Editor’s Note: Media availabilities and guided tours of the “Escape the System” booth are available at ACR by contacting