Pandemic Is Likely to Alter Autoimmune Disorder Care Delivery

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with autoimmune disorders who depend on caregiver-administered drugs face serious challenges to their safety, according to a recent analysis published by Avalere Health. Many patients who need to visit a clinical site to receive treatment for autoimmune disorders are confronted with a difficult choice: go out in public to face the danger of a virulent, fast-spreading pandemic for which they are at acute risk, or stay home and go without their medication.

“[Immunocompromised] patients are experiencing this maybe more acutely than any of us,” Lance Grady, a managing director at Avalere and one of the authors of the white paper, tells AIS Health. “For a patient to have to sit in their home and have a telehealth engagement with their provider, that’s a new experience. Then for a patient to go through a workup with their provider and understand what other therapeutic alternatives might be available, or what the next steps are in care — typically these are interventions that require a patient to ambulate. A patient would then have to say, ‘Is it safe for me to go out there?’”

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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