Papers Delve Into Payment Options for Gene Therapies

Most employer-sponsored plans that have stop-loss insurance coverage should be able to pay for expensive gene therapies that have proven to be cost-effective, according to a recent paper from Health Affairs Scholar. However, a separate Health Affairs analysis published this month argues that payers must assess alternative payment models to afford the medications, which can cost more than $1 million per dose.

Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., one of the authors of the latter Health Affairs paper says that plans have taken varied approaches to paying for gene therapies ranging from “extremely permissive to extremely tight coverage.”

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Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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