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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.
Barriers and Solutions to the Inclusion of Broader Benefits in Biopharmaceutical Value Assessments
This study evaluated how institutional barriers prevent the inclusion of broader individual and societal benefits associated with new health care innovations from being considered when assessing the…
Little Consistency in Evidence Cited by Commercial Health Plans for Specialty Drug Coverage
Evidence cited by payers in coverage decisions for specialty medicines varies significantly, with health plans only citing the same study in 15% of health plan coverage policies for a given drug and…
Current Landscape: Value Assessment Frameworks
This report analyzed seven existing U.S. value assessment frameworks, comparing and contrasting the strengths and limitations associated with each framework.
As Value Assessments Evolve, Are They Ready for Prime Time?
This peer-reviewed study examined the evolution of the value assessment landscape in the United States.
U.S. Care Pathways: Continued Focus on Oncology and Outstanding Challenges
A peer-reviewed study assessed changes in development, implementation, and evaluation of care pathways, and reviewed the latest evidence on integration of pathways with value-based care initiatives…
Uptake and Federal Budgetary Impact of Allowing Health Savings Account-eligible High Deductible Health Plans to Cover Chronic Disease Drugs and Services Pre-deductible
This report examines the net federal budgetary impact allowing Health Savings Account-eligible HDHPs to expand pre-deductible coverage to include chronic disease services.
National Pharmaceutical Council 2018 Annual Report
2018 marked NPC’s 65th anniversary as a leader in health research and policy.
Improving Patient-reported Measures in Oncology
This is a landscape analysis of available patient-reported measures and patient-reported performance measures in oncology and offers recommendations for filling gaps in measures and removing barriers…
Value-Based Agreements May Be More Prevalent Than Assumed
Research published in AJMC shows that value-based agreements (VBAs) between U.S. payers and biopharmaceutical manufacturers may be more prevalent than originally thought.
Patient-Community Perspectives on Real-World Evidence: Enhancing Engagement, Understanding, and Trust
Researchers found that while most patient organizations were initially unaware of real-world evidence (RWE) and its actual or potential uses, they recognized the ability of RWE to provide relevant…
Reconciling the Seemingly Irreconcilable: How Much Are We Spending on Drugs?
In this study from the National Pharmaceutical Council and IQVIA, researchers developed a model to understand the underlying methodological inputs that drive the substantial variation in drug…
What's Been the Bang for the Buck? Cost-Effectiveness of Health Care Spending Across Selected Conditions in the US
This study was designed to assess whether increased medical intervention spending on prevalent chronic conditions has been a good investment over time.
Prioritizing Health Care Spending: Engaging Employees in Health Care Benefit Design
A case study shows that employees who are who are meaningfully engaged in deliberating and designing their health care benefits may have a more positive view of their coverage options.
Study of U.S. Commercial Health Plans Shows Widespread Variation in Coverage and Reimbursement for Specialty Medicines
Research published in Health Affairs shows that insurance coverage and reimbursement for specialty medications varies substantially, finding that only 15.9% of drug coverage policies were consistent…
Are Payers Ready to Address the Financial Challenges Associated with Gene Therapy?
NPC and the Analysis Group conducted market research to explore payer views of the potential roles that existing and new alternative payment approaches could play in managing the financial risk and…
The Effect of Medical Technology Innovations on Patient Outcomes, 1990-2015: Results of a Physician Survey
A survey published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy of U.S. physicians provides insight on their perceptions regarding which medical innovation has impacted outcomes the most…
Financial Impact of HSA-HDHP Reform to Improve Access to Chronic Disease Management Medications
According to an issue brief from VBID Health, providing pre-deductible coverage for medicines used to treat common chronic conditions could lower out-of-pocket costs and increase medication adherence…
Evaluation of Person-level Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects in Published Multiperson N-of-1 Studies: Systematic Review and Reanalysis
To understand when and how individual treatment effects are examined, conducted and reported, this study evaluated existing multiperson N-of-1 studies, which can identify whether an intervention is…