The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) is a health policy research organization dedicated to the advancement of good evidence and science, and to fostering an environment in the United States that supports medical innovation.
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- (-) Utilization Management & Step Therapy
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Skyrocketing Deductibles Should Be a Focus of Open-Enrollment Season
The dizzyingly complex process of shopping for health insurance can obscure some of the most important factors in making a choice.
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…
Pharmacists Can Help the Pharmaceutical Ecosystem Work Better for Patients
In a commentary, NPC President and CEO John O’Brien reflects on his personal experience as a pharmacist and how that training led him on the path to a career in health policy.
Cost-Sharing and Adherence, Clinical Outcomes, Health Care Utilization, and Costs: A Systematic Literature Review
Higher patient cost-sharing for prescription medications leads to worse medication initiation, adherence, persistence, and discontinuation, according to a new systematic literature review by…
High Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs Lead to Worse Medication Adherence Without Overall Health Care Savings
Research from NPC and Xcenda suggests that high cost-sharing for prescription medications may have negative effects on patient health while not actually decreasing overall health care costs.
Why Patients Are Paying More at the Pharmacy Counter in Early 2022 - And What We Can Do to Fix It
NPC Immediate Past Board Chair Mike Ryan and CSO Sharon Phares explore policy solutions to ensure patients can have predictable and affordable out-of-pocket costs for medicines.
Drug Price Controls in Medicare Part D: Not a Remedy for More Than 5 Million Medicare Beneficiaries
Proposals seeking to improve access for Medicare beneficiaries should ensure that patients are better able to get the medicines their doctors say they need.
Achieving “Fair Access” Requires Better Benefit Design
An Institute for Clinical and Economic Review report acknowledges that patients are still facing barriers to needed treatments as a result of their health benefit design.
NPC’s New Leader: Merging Research and Data with Real-World Experience
NPC Board Chair Michael Ryan says John M. O’Brien’s arrival as the new president and CEO of NPC reinforces a vital role the biopharmaceutical industry can play in the ongoing debate about health care…
Stakeholders Find Step Therapy Should Be Evidence-Based, Flexible and Transparent: Assessing Appropriateness Using a Consensus Approach
Stakeholders disagree on when step therapy is appropriate, but agree on a set of criteria about how to develop, implement, communicate, safeguard and evaluate step therapy protocols.
If You Must Do Step Therapy, Do It Right
Finding consensus among health care stakeholders is never easy, and that is certainly true when it comes to the use of care management tools. But there are areas of agreement, especially if we focus…
AARDA’s Randy Rutta Talks Step Therapy
In this Q&A, Randy Rutta, AARDA’s President and CEO, talks about his organization’s efforts to raise awareness about step therapy and opportunities for patient-centered reforms.
Lessons from COVID-19: Step Therapy Should Not Be a Barrier to Patient Access
Step therapy requires patients to try a clinically recognized, lower cost first-line therapy before receiving reimbursement for an alternative therapy prescribed by the physician and can delay access…
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…
Learn More About Oncology Clinical Pathways in Webinar from Turning the Tide Against Cancer
Ideally, clinical pathways can be a useful tool to help clinicians make sense of quickly evolving science, ensure patients receive the right care at the right time, help standardize care and limit…
Does a One-Size-Fits-All Cost-Sharing Approach Incentivize Appropriate Medication Use? A Roundtable on the Fairness and Ethics Associated with Variable Cost Sharing
A study convened an expert roundtable of patient, payer, and employer representatives to review four case studies to understand when it would be more (or less) acceptable to require patients with the…
A Dynamic Approach to Consumer Cost-Sharing for Prescription Drugs
The level of consumer cost-sharing for higher cost medication should be aligned with the clinical value – not solely the price – when lower cost alternatives do not produce the desired patient…
Using an Electronic Medication Refill System to Improve Provider Productivity in an Accountable Care Setting
This case study highlights the critical components of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group's electronic medication refill system that allows for a centralized team to manage all incoming prescription…
Care Pathways in U.S. Health Care Settings: Current Successes and Limitations, and Future Challenges
Care pathways, also known as clinical pathways or integrated care pathways, are typically characterized as a method for managing patient care based on clinical practice guidelines, with the main…