E.V.I.dently October 2018

Message from NPC

Growing Questions About Frameworks Highlight Need for Guiding Practices for Value Assessment

For several years, the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) has been keeping 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. It’s clear that value assessment is still an evolving process in the United States, making guiding practices for patient-centered value assessment more important than ever. Read more on our blog.

NPC Now: A Look at Our Latest Work

NPC Submits Comments to HHS on the Anti-kickback Statute

NPC submitted comments to the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in response to the agency’s Request for Information Regarding the Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducements CMP. NPC’s comments recommend that the application of the anti-kickback statute to value-based contracts should be clarified in a manner that supports the transition to value-based reimbursement and outline several scenarios in which cost-sharing obligations are particularly problematic for patients. Read the full comments on NPC’s website.

When It Comes to Health Spending, How Can We Better Allocate Resources and Reduce Low-Value Care?

A webinar hosted by AcademyHealth and NPC delved into new research aimed at getting to the root of two vexing health care spending challenges – what could we do in the United States to better allocate our resources, and how can we ensure those resources are not wasted on low-value care. The webinar included early findings from research projects from Corinna Sorenson of Duke University and Craig Mitton of the University of British Columbia designed to dig deeper into key issues in health care spending. Read about their forthcoming research on allocation of health care resources and understanding low-value care in our summary on the Going Below the Surface website.

Research and Info You Need to Know

Social Determinants of Health May Be Key to Value-based Care; Forum on Nov. 14-15

Health care improvement initiatives have focused largely on health system factors, but there is growing recognition that improving access to care and patient health, including access to medications, requires focus on social, economic and environmental factors. NPC’s research on social determinants of health has previously highlighted the need to consider health disparities and social factors when looking at access and clinical outcomes among different patient populations. These topics will be the subject of a new report that will be shared at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s “Social Determinants of Health Forum: Exploring Medication Access and Quality,” cosponsored by NPC, on Nov. 14-15 in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more about the research and register for the Forum via NPC’s website.

ICYMI: Articles of Note

Events and Education

NPC @ eyeforpharma Value Summit 2018

At the eyeforpharma Value Summit 2018 on Nov. 7-8 in Philadelphia, attendees will expand their use of real-world evidence and master technological disruption. Don’t miss the panel discussion on “The Roadmap to Scale VBC,” moderated by NPC President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Leonard, on Nov. 7. Get the full details and registration link online.

NPC @ National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions 23rd Annual Forum

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions’ 23rd Annual Forum on Nov. 12-14 in Washington, D.C., features an innovative agenda offering employers and other health care purchasers’ insights and value-based strategies on the latest trends and applicable solutions to more cost-effectively manage health benefits to improve health and well-being for employees, their families and communities. Be sure to catch Dr. Dubois moderating the closing panel, “Healthcare Spend: Going Below the Surface to Define our Path Forward,” on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Learn more and register now.

14th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference: Preparing for the New Possible

At the 14th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference: Preparing for the New Possible, sponsored by NPC, the world’s leading researchers, investors, industry executives, policy experts, payers, clinicians, and patient advocates will convene on Nov. 14-15 in Boston to define the landscape and outlook for personalized medicine in science, business and policy. Visit NPC’s website for registration information.