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2015 Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making
NPC's fifth annual survey, "Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making," provides a snapshot of stakeholders’ perceptions of the key players in the main…
Exploration of Heterogeneity in Distributed Research Network Drug Safety Analyses
Distributed data network drug safety analyses are difficult to interpret in the face of heterogeneity, or individual treatment effects.
Best Practices: Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management
This case study explores the important role that pharmacists can play in ensuring the optimal use of pharmaceuticals and improving patient outcomes in an accountable care organization (ACO). It…
Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment
This comprehensive white paper from the National Pharmaceutical Council and Discern Health identified gaps in accountable care quality measure sets for cancer, which can lead to missed opportunities…
Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Pharmacy Benefits & "Better Practices"
The research was intended to identify the current landscape and best practice approaches for consumer-directed health plans and pharmacy benefits, as well as understand the health and economic impact…
Individual Treatment Effects: Implications for Research, Clinical Practice, and Policy
This research outlines a framework and policy considerations to help health care stakeholders understand when it is important take patients’ individual treatment responses into account when making…
Real-World Impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Findings on Clinical Practice
This study suggests that changes are needed to enable more consistent translation of research findings into clinical practice.
Supporting Consumer Access to Specialty Medications Through Value-Based Insurance Design
Value-based insurance design (V-BID) is a key tactic payers and purchasers can use to promote access to high-value specialty medications.
The Good, the Bad, and the Different: A Primer on Aspects of Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects
The concept of heterogeneity is explained and further explored via four articles published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy: The Good, the Bad, and the…
2014 Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making
Through this annual survey, NPC has been able to track changes in which organizations are perceived as influential in areas such as prioritizing, funding, conducting and monitoring CER, as well as…
CER Collaborative: Series of Questionnaires to Guide Decision-makers in Reviewing Studies
Three peer-reviewed articles offer important guidance to aid formulary decision-makers in evaluating certain types of comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies.
The GRACE Checklist for Rating the Quality of Observational Studies of Comparative Effectiveness: A Tale of Hope and Caution
With the growing demand for information about comparative effectiveness and questions about the quality of research that will support future health care decision-making, a group of researchers…
Are ACOs Ready to Be Accountable for Medication Use?
This research examined accountable care organizations' capabilities to support, monitor and assure appropriate medication use in achieving the best patient health outcomes.
The Emerging Relevance of Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect in Clinical Care: A Study Using Stage IV Prostate Cancer as a Model
Although researchers and health care providers widely recognize that individuals with stage IV prostate cancer react differently to treatments, the factors that impact treatment outcomes, including…
About NPC Brochure
This 7-page brochure provides a snapshot of NPC's mission, strategic approach, recent research and leadership.
When Is Evidence Sufficient for Decision-Making?
It takes an average of 17 years for new data, or evidence, to become part of routine care, according to the Institute of Medicine. A new study outlines influential factors that impact how quickly new…
2013 Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making
The National Pharmaceutical Council conducted its third annual survey of key health care stakeholders. The purpose was to set a baseline for where key stakeholders believe we are today on comparative…