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Value Assessment’s ‘Leaky Bucket’ Problem
In Health Affairs Forefront, NPC outlines the challenges in assessing the value of new treatments and proposes a framework and recommendations to ensure patient access to new therapies and continued…
How the Myth of Average Persists in Health Benefits
People are different and their health needs vary. Though differences among patients are common, these differences aren’t always considered in treatment and coverage decisions.
The Myth of Average: Why Individual Patient Differences Matter
NPC's "The Myth of Average" explores how patients, health care providers, insurers, and other decision-makers can better consider individual patient differences when navigating the complexities of…
Kimberly Westrich Talks Benefit Design with AJMC
NPC's Vice President of Health Services Research, Kimberly Westrich, MA, discusses how the healthcare system can incentivize high-value care.
NPC in Chain Drug Review: Fostering a More Informed Drug Pricing Conversation
To kick off the new year, NPC's John M. O’Brien writes in Chain Drug Review about the need for a more informed public discussion about the role that prescription drugs play in our health care system…
National Pharmaceutical Council Appoints Dr. Sharon Phares as Chief Scientific Officer
NPC announced the appointment of Sharon Phares, PhD, MPH, as Chief Scientific Officer.
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.
The Patient’s Medication Access Journey: A Conceptual Framework Focused Beyond Adherence
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance, with support from NPC, developed a framework that defines a patient’s medication access journey and characterizes barriers frequently encountered while seeking…
E.V.I.dently® | November 2021
In this issue: Explore the pitfalls in the most recent drug pricing deal, regulation that's led to improvements in employee benefits and keys to improving equity in health coverage.
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…
Making Our Health Care System More Supportive and Inclusive for Caregivers
NPC President and CEO John M. O'Brien writes about how we can better incorporate the needs of caregivers into our health care system and provide them the support they deserve.
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.
Creating a Dialogue or Just Playing for Headlines? Third Time Isn’t the Charm for ICER’s Pricing Report
Selectively picking the data to arrive at a convenient narrative — like the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review does in its third drug pricing report — should not be mistaken for good research.
Better Value, Smarter Deductibles in HSA-HDHPs: Improving Health, Equity & Engagement
NPC and National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions collaborated on an Action Brief highlighting key steps employers can take to enhance their health benefit design approach.
Mallinckrodt’s Steven Romano Elected National Pharmaceutical Council Board Chair
NPC announced Steven Romano, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, has been elected Chair of NPC’s Board of Directors for 2021-2022.
Chairman’s Blog: Five Questions Decision-Makers Should Be Asking About Health Technology Agencies
NPC Board Chair and BMS SVP Michael Ryan advises caution and careful consideration of the potential risks and tradeoffs for patients by using a centralized, government-run health technology agency …
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…
Employer Resource Guide
This resource guide for health care purchaser coalitions and employers provides information and research in key areas such as benefit design, value assessment and health spending.
Health Care Stakeholders Can Learn from Pharmacists’ Patient-Centered Perspective
In a commentary for Pharmacy Times, NPC's John M. O’Brien describes the commitment of pharmacists to ensuring patient access to needed medicines and says other health care stakeholders should follow…