E.V.I.dently August 2018

Message from NPC

Paying for Curative Therapies: Our Challenges in Addressing Medicine’s Solutions

The next generation of innovative therapies is delivering a lifetime of benefit in one fell swoop. Yet we, as a society, are unprepared to buy a lifetime of benefit all at once. In a column for STAT, Dr. Dubois outlines some creative thinking behind how we could innovate payment models to finance curative therapies for cancers and other rare diseases.

Spotlight On: Value Assessment

Value assessment remains an important and debated topic in health care policy circles, and NPC has a wide range of resources to help you understand this issue. Check out our video highlighting concerns about how existing value assessment frameworks are often used to generate incomplete, one-size-fits-all evaluations; our Guiding Practices for Patient-centered Value Assessment; and our previous six-part blog series explaining why the patient-focused lens our Guiding Practices brings to the value assessment debate is so important.

NPC Now: A Look at Our Latest Work

Get to Know Duke Margolis-NPC Post-doctoral Health Policy Fellow Taruja Karmarkar

NPC has partnered with Duke University’s Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy to create a post-doctoral, two-year fellowship that seeks to bridge the gap between health research and policy analysis, particularly in the biopharmaceutical industry. We sat down with Health Policy Fellow Taruja Karmarkar, PhD, to learn more about upcoming research, bridging the gap between academia and health care stakeholders, tips for recent graduates, and more. Learn more in our Q&A with Dr. Karmarkar.

Research and Info You Need to Know

Going Below the Surface: A Video on Why We Need to Have a Health Spending Dialogue

Health care policy experts from NPC, Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, RTI International, the University of Chicago and the Dartmouth Institute weigh in on the pressing need to discuss health care spending in the United States and find solutions. The video is part of an effort among stakeholders to "go below the surface" and get at the root of what is driving health care spending in the United States.

Real-world Data in the Current Health Care Environment

In this guest blog post, Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research explores the value of real-world data (RWD). Read the blog to learn how RWD can provide important insight for public health decision-making, regulatory oversight and, in some cases, provider reimbursements.

ICYMI: Articles of Note

Events and Education

FT Pharma Pricing and Value Summit: Debate the Future of Pharma Pricing

At the inaugural FT Pharma Pricing and Value Summit, attendees will hear firsthand how leaders from across the pricing and market access landscape are addressing key challenges through competition, collaboration and regulation. Join them in New York on Sept. 13 to explore the future of pharmaceutical pricing and market access in an evolving healthcare environment. E.V.I.dently® readers can save 20% when registering with the discount code NPC20.

NPC @ ISPOR Summit 2018: New Approaches to Value Assessment: Towards More Informed Pricing in Healthcare

Dr. Dubois will speak at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) summit, “New Approaches to Value Assessment: Towards More Informed Pricing in Healthcare,” on Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. The summit will explore and debate both standard and more recently proposed approaches to measuring value and how they could be used in pricing and coverage decisions. Learn more on NPC’s website.

NPC @ Value-based Health Care Congress 2018

Join NPC President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Leonard, MA, at the sixth annual Value-based Health Care Conference (VBHCC), hosted by World Congress in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 22-23. The VBHCC offers four co-located summits focusing on different areas of health care, but Mr. Leonard will be a panel speaker at the cross-industry keynote panel on Oct. 23, addressing attendees of all four summits as part of a panel to “Understand Network Partner Priorities to Strengthen Value-based Arrangements and Outcomes.” Registration details are available on NPC’s website.

NPC @ AMCP Nexus 2018

Join NPC at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Nexus 2018 meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 22-25. Don’t miss the panel on “Using Online Real-World Evidence Tools to Enhance Formulary Decision-Making,” featuring NPC Vice President of Comparative Effectiveness Research Jennifer Graff, PharmD, on Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. An abstract based on NPC-sponsored research, “Access to Care Roundtable – Defining a conceptual framework of medication access and quality measurement,” also will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 12:30. See details and register now for AMCP Nexus 2018.