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Impact on States of the Medicare Drug Benefit: Information for State Legislators

The new drug benefit established by Part D of the Medicare Modernization Act assures that all older and disabled persons have access to affordable prescription drug coverage and will subsidize many low-income persons who previously had no access to drug benefits through Medicaid or state pharmaceutical assistance programs. States have numerous policy decisions to make in implementing the Part D drug benefit, including several options to enhance the Part D program. These decisions must be made quickly in order to be ready for the January 1, 2006, implementation date. As the safety net provider for many vulnerable individuals, the state's choices on these matters are important to the future well-being of the elderly and disabled.

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E.V.I.dently July 2014

NPC MessageWhen & How Health Decision-Makers Should Consider Individual Patient DifferencesBy Jennifer S. Graff, PharmD, NPC Director of...
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#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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#TBT: Medicaid Expansion & Historical Data

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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#TBT: Alzheimer’s & Access to Health Information

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a research topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with...
Press Release

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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NPC Conference to Address Questions on Ability to Share Health Research Findings Health

(Washington, DC, February 6, 2012)--To examine key issues around asymmetries, or inequalities, in communicating health information coming from the...
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National Pharmaceutical Council Selects Five Research Projects for Funding

Washington, DC (January 30, 2012) – The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today announced that it has selected five projects related to...
Press Release

National Pharmaceutical Council Expands Policy and Research Staff

WASHINGTON, DC (January 4, 2012) -- The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) announced the hiring of Daryl Pritchard, PhD, as the Director of...
Commentary and Testimony Page

NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

March 7, 2014Marilyn B. TavennerAdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence...
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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...
Commentary and Testimony Page

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...
Commentary and Testimony Page

CER Done Right: Why It Matters

The health care reform law is aimed at reshaping the health care landscape through the creation of many new regulations and regulatory...
YouTube Videos

Can We Bring Clarity, Consistency and Transparency to Payer Coverage Decisions?

There is a bit of a "black box" around the formulary decision-making process. As a result, decisions about treatment access are often unpredictable...
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How Do Payers Consider Individual Treatment Effects?

Dr. Robert Epstein, former chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs at Medco Health, explains that heterogeneity, or...
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AEI's Gottlieb on Ability to Communicate CER Findings

American Enterprise Institute's Dr. Scott Gottlieb discusses legal and regulatory challenges facing various health care stakeholders in their...
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The Challenges of Finding, Using Accurate Health Care & CER Information

Dr. Art Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, explains that it can be challenging for patients to find...
Blog Post

#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
Blog Post

#TBT: Medicaid Expansion & Historical Data

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
Blog Post

#TBT: Alzheimer’s & Access to Health Information

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a research topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with...
Blog Post

NPC Asks CMS to Consider Patients’ Individual Treatment Effects In Part D Rulemaking

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider maintaining “protected classes...

Research

Transparency in Evidence Evaluation and Formulary Decision-Making

Although the type of evidence required to make healt

2013 Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making

NPC's 2013 survey shows that health care stakeholders have growing expectations for the use of...
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