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Growth in Use of Lipid-Lowering Therapies: Are We Targeting the Right Patients?

Within the context of concerns over growing prescription drug spending, the authors of this article look at the appropriateness of statin use in 1997 (pre-Direct-to-Consumer Advertising guidance) and in 1999 (post-DTCA guidance). The authors reviewed an administrative database of medical and pharmaceutical claims and applied cardiovascular risk criteria to prescribing decisions. Authors found that although the number of people being treated with statins rose considerably from 1997 to 1999, there did not appear to be any shift toward less appropriate treatment.

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E.V.I.dently October 2013

Message from NPCWhen Health Insurance Exchange “Dust” Settles, Usable CER Will Be CriticalBy Dan LeonardOn October 1, the debut of the federal...
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Catch These Upcoming Events and Publications

September was a particularly busy month, featuring a variety of health care conferences, meetings, publications, and ongoing debates about the...
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Rapid-Learning Health Care Systems, Explained

Dr. Lucy Savitz, director of research and education, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, explains rapid learning...
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E.V.I.dently July 2013

Message From NPCTransforming “Knowing” into “Doing”By Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhDThe pace of medical discovery and innovation has accelerated in recent...
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Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012)–The costs to employers of chronic health conditions on employee productivity are well documented, but few studies...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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New Survey Shows Employers Eyeing CER, PCORI for Health Information

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011--Employers are aware of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and its potential to answer critical questions about...
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Study Sheds New Light on the Impact of Medication Adherence, Multiple Chronic Diseases and Health Risks in the Workplace

(Chicago -- June 16, 2011) A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers...
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Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
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High Stakes for Setting Research Standards

What is the cost of poorly designed research? In the comparative effectiveness arena, faulty studies could mean that consumers may make important...
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Framework Helps ACOs Leverage Pharmaceuticals to Realize Quality, Cost Goals

Medications are more than an item on the balance sheet for health care providers. Pharmaceuticals offer a route to manage costs while achieving...
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Asymmetry in the Ability to Communicate CER Findings: Ethics and Issues for Informed Decision Making

The number of voices in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) conversation is continuing to grow, but not all stakeholders have the same...
YouTube Videos

Rapid-Learning Health Care Systems, Explained

Dr. Lucy Savitz, director of research and education, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, explains rapid learning...
YouTube Videos

Challenges for Patients Seeking Health Information

Dr. Stephen Hume, Alzheimer's patient representative, and his care partner, Candace Darcy, discuss the need for patients to have as much information...
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IBI's Tom Parry on Employers and Health Investments

Integrated Benefits Institute President Tom Parry, PhD, sat down with NPC to discuss how employers today are defining the value of their health...
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Catch These Upcoming Events and Publications

September was a particularly busy month, featuring a variety of health care conferences, meetings, publications, and ongoing debates about the...
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Medication Adherence: Americans Earn Poor Marks in Recent Report

We know that optimizing the use of medicine plays an important role in lowering costs and improving health outcomes. So how are our nation’s patients...
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The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Health Insurance Exchanges

As part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a series of state health insurance exchanges are being established across the United States...
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CER Communications: Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions

Any guidelines for communicating comparative effectiveness research (CER) must focus on positioning patients to make informed decisions about their...

Research

The Myth of Average: Why Individual Patient Differences Matter

Within today’s health care environment, so much of t

Imputing Productivity Gains From Clinical Trials

Researchers developed a new method to capture the impact that medicines may have on reducing the...

Role of Pharmaceuticals in Value-Based Healthcare: A Framework for Success

This research sets out a conceptual framework for considering the role of pharmaceuticals in...
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