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Characterizing Health Plan Evidence Review Practices
The study finds that some plans updated the evidence in their coverage policies for specialty medicines more often than others, and the type of evidence plans cited in their coverage policies…
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…
Health Care Spending Effectiveness: Estimates Suggest that Spending Improved U.S. Health from 1996 to 2016
This research assessed the effectiveness of U.S. health care spending by comparing changes in health outcomes and found that, overall, innovations in health care are creating more cost-effective care…
Health Care Spending Guiding Principles
NPC established a set of principles to assess health care spending estimates and policies to ensure alignment with the goals of patient-centered care.
Patient-Centered Guiding Principles for Evaluating Health Care Spending
NPC established these principles to serve as a checklist to assess whether methods used for estimating health care spending are appropriate.
Patient-Centered Guiding Principles for Reforming Health Care to Address Rising Health Care Spending
NPC established these principles to assess health care spending policies to ensure alignment with the goals of patient-centered care.
Health Spending Post-Pandemic: Looking for High Value Beyond the Headlines
NPC Chief Science Officer Dr. Sharon Phares takes a closer look at CMS' national health expenditure report and what their predictions mean for our health care system.
Drug Price Regulation Trade-offs: Real or Imagined?
NPC hosted a panel at AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference to explore the potential risks and unintended consequences of drug price regulation.
The Certainty of Uncertainty in Health Technology Assessment
A new Health Affairs Forefront article from Tufts CEVR examines the potential flaws in how health technology assessments identify and report on uncertainty.
NPC in RealClearPolicy: Price Setting Bill Is No Panacea for Patients
In a commentary for RealClearPolicy, NPC’s John M. O’Brien explains how the drug pricing deal in the Build Back Better Act could create harmful unintended consequences for patient health and the…
Digging Deeper Into Health Spending | November 2021
In this e-newsletter, NPC will dig deeper into health care spending and highlight the importance of relying on good research to create good policy.
Health Spending for Commercial Plans Is Predominantly Concentrated In Small Population of High-Intensity Consumers
NPC study finds spending on prescription drugs mirrors spending on other health care services, with a small subset of the sickest patients driving the majority of spending.
Drug Spending Mirrors Spending on Other Health Care Services
Spending on prescription drugs is not an anomaly but rather follows similar patterns as other health care services. Policy proposals that focus narrowly on constraining drug spending are disregarding…
A Healthier Country Means Lower Health Care Spending
The U.S. spends twice as much per person on health care compared to other wealthy countries. While higher U.S. health care prices play a role in this disparity, they are not the only cause. A new NPC…
It Is Not Just the Prices! The Role of Chronic Disease in Accounting for Higher Health Care Spending in the United States
A new NPC study shows that the higher prevalence of chronic disease in the U.S. is a significant contributing factor to high U.S. health care spending.
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…
Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the pressing need to address social determinants of health (SDOH). NPC's Dr. Dubois examines the gaps within the existing evidence base and how to improve…
Do Investments in the Social Determinants of Health Reduce Health Care Costs?
This study found that most studies of social need interventions were poorly designed, inadequately documented, and inconsistently presented. It recommends improving the study design quality through…
What the Data Are Saying on Drug Pricing and Utilization
NPC President and CEO John O'Brien discusses the IQVIA Institute’s new report and takes a closer look at the factors that are driving medication use and health care spending in the United States.