The Patient Access Network Foundation, in collaboration with The American Journal of Managed Care, recently announced the PAN Challenge and Call for Papers. The Call for Papers addresses how federal policy regarding health care cost sharing affects the ability of individuals with chronic and rare diseases to have affordable access to critical therapies, and seeks innovative policy solutions that can improve access to these therapies. Abstracts are due October 30, 2015.
THE PAN CHALLENGE: Balancing Moral Hazard, Affordability and Access to Critical Therapies in the Age of Cost Sharing
In collaboration with The American Journal of Managed Care
How does federal policy regarding health care cost sharing (e.g., deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance, out-of-pocket limits) affect the ability of individuals with chronic and rare diseases to have affordable access to critical therapies? What policy solutions are likely to improve access to critical therapies for individuals with chronic and rare diseases?
The PAN Challenge is open to individuals and teams of up to four individuals who are 18 years of age or older, at the time of entry. Entrants must be residents of the U.S. and sponsored by (a) a university or college; or (b) a health system. Entrants may submit one paper that addresses the questions above for one of the following patient populations:
- Medicare population, including individuals covered by Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
- Commercially insured population, including individuals with employer-sponsored insurance or coverage from Qualified Health Plans offered on an exchange or marketplace.
How to Enter
- Entrants are required to read the rules and judging criteria upon registering for the PAN Challenge.
- Entrants can register and submit abstracts from June 1 to October 30, 2015.
- Selected semi-finalists will be asked to submit papers (2,500 to 5,000 words) between November 15 and December 31, 2015.Two winning entries (one entrant per population category) and two runners-up (one entrant per population category) will be chosen from the semi-finalists on January 15, 2016.
- Winners’ Sponsor Organizations (one from the Medicare population category and one from the commercially insured population category) will each receive $10,000. Second-place winners’ Sponsor Organizations (one from the Medicare population category and one from the commercially insured population category) will each receive $5,000.
- First-place winners will be given an opportunity to attend and present (one member per winning Entrant; expenses paid) at the Cost-Sharing Roundtable, to be held in Washington, DC, mid-February 2016 (date to be determined).
- First-place winners will be published in a future print and online supplemental edition of The American Journal of Managed Care.
For more information, contact Amy Niles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 661-8073. Visit the PAN Challenge website at http://www.panfoundation.org/challenge.