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Impact of Tiered Co-Pays: A Survey of Patients and Pharmacists

Employers increasingly have adopted strategies to reduce prescription drug expenditures, including cost-sharing arrangements that require employees to pay a greater share of the costs. In 2002, approximately 57% of people with employer-sponsored health benefits were enrolled in multi-tier copay plans. The growing use of tiered benefit plans and increasing co-pay levels has prompted concern that higher co-pays may lead patients, particularly those with chronic illnesses, to reduce their prescription drug compliance and, consequently, experience negative health outcomes that result in increased utilization of other health care services.

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E.V.I.dently February 2014

Message From NPCAs PCORI Funds Head-to-Head Comparisons, Research Must Remain Meaningful, TransparentIn the years since its establishment, the...
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E.V.I.dently November 2013

MessageCER Collaborative Is Assessing Evidence and Informing Decision-MakingToday we’re faced with an ever-growing availability of health information...
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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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E.V.I.dently September 2013

Message from NPCComparative Effectiveness Research Takes Center Stage in SeptemberNPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Robert Dubois notes that stakeholder...
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Fellowship in Policy Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Awarded By National Pharmaceutical Council and George Washington University

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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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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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Leveling the Playing Field? Could a Landmark Decision Alter the CER Communications Landscape?

A growing chorus of voices is publicly sharing data on the effectiveness of treatment options, but one viewpoint has long been shut out of key areas...
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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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National Pharmaceutical Council Prepared Commentary Before the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I have enjoyed the opportunity to witness first-hand the progress, careful thought and deliberation, and...
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Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Changing Health Care Landscape

This content appeared in the January 2, 2012 print edition of Chain Drug Review. In the span of just one year, the health care landscape has...
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How CEPAC Reviews and Disseminates Health Care Evidence

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) President Dr. Steven Pearson describes one of his organization's main initiatives, the New England...
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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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Ensuring Inclusive and Diverse Research

Andre Williams, CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists explains that research should be inclusive and diverse, taking racial, ethnic and...
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Chronic Health Conditions & Individual Treatment Effects

Dr. Ken Thorpe, chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, explains that one of the biggest health care challenges is managing patients...
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NPC Webinar: Can We Bring Clarity, Consistency and Transparency to Payer Coverage Decisions?

Why are some treatments covered under a health care plan, while other treatments are not? How do payers evaluate the information needed to make...
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A Step Toward Clear, Consistent, Transparent Formulary Decisions

The process that health insurers use to determine health coverage is not always clear, making it hard for patients, providers and biopharmaceutical...
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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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CER Tweets of the Week (June 24-28, 2013)

This week, stakeholders shared information about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) webinar about patients’ and clinicians’...


Transparency in Evidence Evaluation and Formulary Decision-Making

Although the type of evidence required to make healt

Principles for Planning and Conducting Comparative Effectiveness Research

A group of leading researchers developed a set of 13 best practice principles that could help to...

Imputing Productivity Gains From Clinical Trials

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