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As open enrollment season for health insurance gets underway, a new case study shows that employees who are meaningfully engaged in deliberating and designing their health care benefits may have a more positive view of their coverage options.
Leading health policy journal Health Affairs announced the members of its Council on Health Care Spending and Value, a group of diverse health care thought leaders focused on examining the different drivers of health care spending. NPC Chief Science Officer and Executive Vice President Robert Dubois, MD, PhD, has been named to the Council and will be part of the effort to advance the all-important health spending dialogue.
For several years, NPC has kept a close eye on value assessment frameworks and engaging with developers on ways to improve their methodologies, involve patient organizations and use a broad range of evidence-based considerations. ICON plc surveyed payers and biopharmaceutical manufacturers about the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and found these stakeholders are also concerned about ICER’s use of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and lack of consensus on methods and transparency among other issues.
There is growing recognition that improving access to care and patient health, including access to medications, requires focus on social, economic and environmental factors. At its upcoming conference on the social determinants of health, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance will unveil a conceptual framework, developed in conjunction with NPC, describing the medication access patient journey and its implications for quality measurement.
NPC in Specialty Pharmacy Times: Inconsistent Specialty Pharmaceutical Coverage Threatens Care Coordination, Continuity
In his latest column for Specialty Pharmacy Times, NPC President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Leonard explores research published in Health Affairs that sheds light on when and how payers cover specialty medications.
National Pharmaceutical Council to CVS: Join Us in a Broader Dialogue to Address Health Care Spending
The viewpoints published on the Health Affairs Blog bring an important question to mind: will CVS join the National Pharmaceutical Council and key stakeholders from across the health sector in our ongoing and constructive dialogue about health care spending and value?