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Characterizing health plan evidence review practices: how often, how different, and how comprehensive?
All health care decisions should be evidence-based. Until now, it has been relatively unclear what goes into health plan evidence reviews. How frequently do health plans update their specialty drug…
NPC in Health Affairs: Payment Innovation Not Keeping Up
In a Health Affairs Blog article, NPC and MIT researchers outline how a new rule from CMS may fall short of what is needed to improve patient access to durable cell and gene therapies that target…
Prevalence of Avoidable and Bias-Inflicting Methodological Pitfalls in Real-World Studies of Medication Safety and Effectiveness
This paper focuses on recognizing methodological flaws in RWE studies so that researchers can avoid these flaws by identifying them ahead of time – not just after a study is complete.
Avoiding Methodological Faults in Real-World Evidence
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical Center and NPC found that the potential for biased findings in RWE studies increases substantially in the absence of a rigorous and…
The Impact of COVID-19 on Real-World Health Data and Research
This white paper provides key health care stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, payers and regulators, with a broad view of how the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted real-world data (RWD…
NPC Reiterates Comments on Medicare Program; Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology, Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary”
NPC resubmitted comments on a proposed rule to establish a Medicare coverage pathway for medical devices designated as breakthrough by the FDA.
What’s In Your RWE Evaluation Toolbox?
Real-world evidence (RWE) – information collected from everyday health care experiences – is growing in availability, and many health care decision-makers are interested in understanding and using…
Online Tools to Synthesize Real-World Evidence of Comparative Effectiveness Research to Enhance Formulary Decision Making
The authors describe and compare the features and characteristics of five tools to evaluate real-world evidence studies and add clarity on what the tools provide.
NPC’s Research Informs Policy Conversations
NPC's work was broadly featured in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy’s 12-part 25th anniversary series featuring “topics of significance” in managed care.
NPC Comments on Medicare Program; Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology, Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary”
NPC submitted comments on a proposed rule to establish a Medicare coverage pathway for medical devices designated as breakthrough by the FDA.
Are ACOs Optimizing Medication Use?
An article in JMCP revisits a 2014 NPC study that surveyed Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) readiness to optimize medication use. The Reflection article summarizes changes to the ACO policy…
E.V.I.dently October 2020
This month marks the last time you’ll see E.V.I.dently® in its current format and layout. That’s because we’re working on some exciting changes to our e-newsletters and website, with an eye toward…
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…
NPC Weighs in on NQF’s Draft Report on Patient-Reported Outcomes
The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) submitted comments to the National Quality Forum (NQF) regarding the Patient-Reported Outcomes: Best Practices on Selection and Data Collection draft report…
Strategies to Optimize Medication Use
The Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) hosted a webinar to discuss how value-minded organizations are integrating strategies to optimize medication use to lower costs and improve patient…
CMS Proposes Changes to Medicaid Best Price
CMS announced a proposal to lift some Medicaid best price restrictions, making it easier for commercial health insurers to enter into value-based payment arrangements with biopharmaceutical…
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.