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Impact of Shared Decision-Making and Patient Decision Aids on Health Care Cost and Utilization in the US: A Systematic Review
Shared decision-making and patient decision aids may reduce costs or improve utilization but not consistently across settings and diseases, according to a new systemic literature review by…
NPC Comments on CMS's Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems Proposed Rule
NPC comments raise potential concerns as CMS states its intent to make significant changes to the payment rate for drugs purchased through the 340B program.
NPC Comments on CMS CY 2023 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule
NPC's comments offer input on CMS's implementation of the Discarded Drug Refund Policy, support continuing the add-on payment for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations, and provide recommendations on the…
NPC Comments on CMS Request for Information on the Medicare Program
NPC's comments to CMS's recent request for information on the Medicare program focus on access, innovation and the importance of patient engagement.
Predictors of Adherence to Oral Anticancer Medications: An Analysis of 2010-2018 U.S. Nationwide Claims
Low-income Medicare patients who face high out-of-pocket costs are less likely to remain adherent to oral anticancer medications. This research shows the need for strategies to address adherence and…
Impact of Real-Time Benefit Tools on Patients’ Access to Medications: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Study finds the use of Real-Time Prescription Benefit Tools results in higher fill rates and lower cancellation rates.
Specialty Drug and Healthcare Utilization Vary by Wage Level in Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
This research shows that low-wage employees are less likely use autoimmune medicines than employees who earn more despite a higher prevalence of autoimmune conditions in low-wage employees. These…
Comments to FTC on Business Practices of PBMs and Their Impact on Pharmacies and Consumers
NPC submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission encouraging the study of anti-competitive business practices of pharmacy benefit managers and their impact on drug affordability and access.
NPC Comments on HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2023
NPC offers research-based comments to improve patient access to care and health equity.
The Patient’s Medication Access Journey: A Conceptual Framework Focused Beyond Adherence
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance, with support from NPC, developed a framework that defines a patient’s medication access journey and characterizes barriers frequently encountered while seeking…
Limited Role of Patient Input in Specialty Drug Coverage Policies
A new study in JMCP found that patient input is rarely sought for coverage policies – although plans had processes to engage physicians and medical societies when developing coverage policies, no…
Affordability Is About More Than Drug Prices
A research survey from NPC and Xcenda found that potential government involvement in drug pricing would be unlikely to increase patient affordability.
Online Tools to Synthesize Real-World Evidence of Comparative Effectiveness Research to Enhance Formulary Decision Making
This JMCP study describes and compares the features and characteristics of five tools to evaluate real-world evidence studies and adds clarity on what the tools provide.
NPC Comments on PCORI's Proposed Principles for the Consideration of the Full Range of Outcomes Data
NPC offered public feedback to PCORI on its new mandate to consider the full range of patient-centered outcomes in its research.
Improving Transparency to Build Trust in Real-World Secondary Data Studies for Hypothesis Testing—Why, What, and How Recommendations and a Roadmap from the Real-World Evidence Transparency Initiative
A position paper by the RWE Transparency Initiative describes a plan for improving the transparency of the research process and making registration of real-world evidence study methods easier and…
Are Value-based Arrangements the Answer We’ve Been Waiting for?
This NPC study explored the use of value-based arrangements as a mechanism for cost containment in the United States, noting the strengths and limitations of these tools.