Dec. 22, 2020

Patients Hurt by Most Favored Nation Rule

Patients Hurt by Most Favored Nation Rule

The Most Favored Nation Rule will take effect on January 1st. It’s bad news for Medicare infusion patients and providers, but there’s still time to stop it. 

The rule makes it financially impossible for medical practices to offer infusion services to Medicare patients. Julie Baak, practice manager at The Arthritis Center, near St. Louis, Missouri, explains how the rule will force many Medicare patients to abandon infusion treatments. And Kate speaks with one of Julie’s patients who depends on his infusion treatments to relieve his pain. 


Julie Baak, Practice Manager, The Arthritis Center 

Julie Baak is the Practice Manager at The Arthritis Center near St. Louis, Missouri. She is a fierce patient advocate and a frequent contributor in the infusion advocacy space. She has published articles on NICA’s (National Infusion Center Association) blog, articles in Rheumatology News, and has been a speaker panelist at NORM (National Organization of Rheumatology Managers) and CSRO (Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations) annual conferences. Her office is very active on social media and gets results for its patients, by any means necessary, even through public shaming of insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Julie Baak

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