Congressman visits AIM Specialty Health; Engages associates in political process
March, 2013 - Last week, freshman U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider became the first member of Congress to visit WellPoint subsidiary AIM Specialty Health's Deerfield, Ill. office – meeting with associates and sharing the importance of participating in the political process.
AIM Specialty Health (AIM) is a leading specialty benefits management (SBM) company with more than 20 years of experience and a growing presence in the management of radiology, cardiology, oncology, sleep and specialty drugs. On behalf of its clients, including health plans and employers, AIM promotes the appropriate use of clinical services through the application of evidence-based guidelines on an innovative and user-friendly technology platform.
Congressman Schneider was hosted by AIM President & CEO, Brandon Cady, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Susan Nedza, and Chief Operating Officer, James Chow. The Congressman's visit was coordinated by the WellPoint Public Affairs team, which represents the company before all federal and state lawmakers and regulators.
AIM's Deerfield office is home to its first of three call centers in Illinois and California, as well as, the base of operations for its Information Systems and Technology department. Thousands of calls and web-based requests from physicians come through Deerfield from all over the country every day.
The Congressman spent more than an hour meeting with executives and associates to learn about the company's leading position in the SBM industry. Many AIM associates were delighted to speak with Schneider, including Patricia Rice, a nurse reviewer who excitedly shared with him how much she enjoys her role and supporting clients.
"Our associates are our greatest assets – without them, AIM wouldn't be able to deliver the value it does every day to our clients," Brandon said. "It was very important that the Congressman had an opportunity hear their stories and see firsthand the great work they do. We truly appreciate Congressman Schneider taking time out of his schedule to visit with us."
During the visit, associates eligible to support WellPAC, the WellPoint associates' political action committee, were given a unique opportunity to sit down with Congressman Schneider and Brandon to ask questions and learn more about what is happening in the nation's capital.
As Congress continues to debate reforming Medicare and other major federal programs, AIM's solutions for managing the appropriateness, safety and affordability of clinical services represent successful private-sector strategies that could be adopted in government health care programs.