The College’s advocacy work had an impact last week! On Wednesday, the Advocacy Council notified College members after becoming aware of a United HealthCare (UHC) policy change that would require the home administration of Xolair, effective Oct. 1. We sent a comment letter that identifies reasons self-administration is not appropriate for all patients. We also developed sample talking points and encouraged all College members to join our grassroots effort. Our efforts made a difference.
UHC responded the next day and explained that providers can attest that self-administration is not appropriate for every patient and that this should be considered on a case-by-case basis. They also confirmed that the new policy change was only “specific to UHC commercial plans” and that “coverage policies under UHC MedicareAdvantage and Community Plans may differ.” As a result of our efforts, UHC agreed to evaluate revisions made to the commercial plans policy.
This is another great example of our advocacy at work. However, we need to continue our email campaign. If you haven’t messaged UHC, please do so as it’s not too late.
The Advocacy Council – we have you covered.