Early in his career as a resident at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Christopher Phillips, MD, felt a connection to his patients battling rheumatic diseases. Today, Dr. Phillips balances time with his solo private practice in Paducah, Ky., to help rheumatologists fight insurance battles for their patients in his role as chair of the ACR’s Insurance Subcommittee (ISC).
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The ISC monitors insurance policy changes and assists with member requests for support when an insurance carrier’s decision negatively impacts a member’s practice. Through letters and face-to-face meetings with insurance carriers, the ISC advocates on behalf of rheumatologists and their patients to change insurance policy.
Dr. Phillips believes he is well equipped for his role as ISC chair. “Like me, most private practice rheumatologists are on the front line of insurance battles. We are looking closely at our bottom line, and the amount of time and staff required to deal with insurance requests, such as prior authorization.”
This frontline experience gives Dr. Phillips a personal perspective on the insurance advocacy issues he leads the ISC in fighting. “I have something of a disdain for the way some insurance companies make our decisions for us, and it’s important to me to put in the time to work on these issues.”