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Improving the Quality of Pain Management Through Measurement and Action

Why is pain so poorly managed and undertreated, despite advances in treatment options? In this monograph, the authors address underlying causes and the application of continuous quality improvement techniques to pain management and the implementation of performance measurement processes. The use of a multidisciplinary systems point of view is described and the Cycle for Improving Performance, a structured approach to improvement activities, is outlined. Factors that influence an organization's ability to implement change and improve performance are also discussed. In addition, the real-world experience of four organizations in improving pain management is described. The examples provided encompass diverse settings and experiences and suggest strategies for overcoming obstacles to pain management improvement initiatives. This monograph is written for clinicians, pain management teams, quality improvement professionals, and researchers.

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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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E.V.I.dently June 2014

Message from NPCValue-Based Insurance Design and Specialty Medications: Shifting the Focus from “How Much” We Spend to “How Well” We SpendAccess to...
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Using Real-World Evidence to Increase Health Care Access, Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Mitchell Sugarman, vice president of health economics, policy and payment at Medtronic Cardiac and Vascular Group, explains that health care decision...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

Earlier this week, National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, spoke at the Bundled Payments Summit in...
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CER Collaborative Improving Health Outcomes Through New Comparative Evidence Tools

(Washington, DC, March 24, 2014)—Three peer-reviewed articles published in Value in Health offer important guidance to aid formulary decision-makers...
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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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Daiichi Sankyo CEO John Gargiulo Elected as National Pharmaceutical Council’s Chairman of the Board

WASHINGTON, DC (November 2, 2012)–The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) today announced that John Gargiulo, President & CEO, Daiichi Sankyo,...
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New Fellowship in Policy Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Available Through a Partnership of the National Pharmaceutical Council and The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2012)–The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), in conjunction with The George Washington University School of Public...
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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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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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CER: Who Can Say What, and When Can They Say It?

With billions of dollars in comparative effectiveness research (CER) set for completion in coming years, there will be broader discussions about the...
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Linking Chronic Conditions to Medication Adherence and Productivity

It's no secret that chronic disease is the major driver of health care costs in the United States, accounting for two-thirds of the rise in health...
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Using Real-World Evidence to Increase Health Care Access, Improve Quality & Reduce Costs

Mitchell Sugarman, vice president of health economics, policy and payment at Medtronic Cardiac and Vascular Group, explains that health care decision...
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Patient-Centered Clinical Research Networks: The Patients' Role

Sarah Daugherty, PhD, MPH, senior program officer, CER methods and infrastructure at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...
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Leveraging Real-World Data and Analytics in the Device Industry

Thomas Abbott, PhD, head, health care informatics at Johnson & Johnson, Medical Devices and Diagnostics, talks about the impact of big data and...
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IMEDS: Sentinel and OMOP Programs

Jane Reese-Coulbourne, MS, ChE, executive director of the Reagan-Udall Foundation, talks about the Food and Drug Administration's Sentinel Initiative...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

Earlier this week, National Pharmaceutical Council Chief Science Officer Robert W. Dubois, MD, PhD, spoke at the Bundled Payments Summit in...
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NPC’s Westrich @ DIA 50th Annual Meeting: Exploring the CER Environment

The National Pharmaceutical Council’s (NPC) fourth annual health care stakeholder survey, which sheds light on the current environment for...
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NPC to Discuss Role of Pharmaceuticals, Applying Real-World Evidence at ISPOR Annual Meeting

Planning to attend the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s (ISPOR) 19th Annual International Meeting in Montreal May...
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4/8 Webinar on CER Collaborative: Tools You Can Use

The CER Collaborative--a group formed by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes...

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