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New whitepaper identifies reasons why ICER’s cost-effectiveness analyses are not useful for payers

By Lauren Neves  |    September 19, 2018
A new whitepaper authored by Bruce Pyenson, F.S.A., M.A.A.A. and colleagues from Milliman explains why Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) cost-effective analyses (CEAs) will not be...   Read More

Guest post: Developing new payment models to ensure patients have access to high-investment therapies

By Guest Contributor  |    September 6, 2018
Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities. The Catalyst welcomes guest...   Read More

Number of value-based contracts continues to rise

By Michelle Drozd  |    August 27, 2018
The list of publicly announced value-based contracts (VBCs) – also called results-based contracts – between biopharmaceutical companies and health plans continued to grow over the last quarter –...   Read More

ICER’s budget impact threshold: Sounding a false alarm on affordability and access

By Randy Burkholder  |    July 24, 2018
If a home inspector found “wide and unpredictable variation” in your smoke detectors, would you want to fix them?   Read More

PhRMA submission to HHS on blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs

By Holly Campbell  |    July 16, 2018
Today, PhRMA submitted comprehensive comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information (RFI), HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs....   Read More

How ICER’s assessment of a new class of migraine treatments fails patients

By Lauren Neves  |    July 10, 2018
Over 50 million Americans suffer from migraine and the majority of patients affected by this often debilitating disease are between 25 and 55 years old – the time they are most productive in their...   Read More

Aspen Spotlight Health: Discussing the forefront of innovation

By Katie Koziara  |    June 21, 2018
For the second year in a row, PhRMA is proud to participate in Aspen’s Spotlight Health Conference. As the opening session of Aspen Ideas Festival, Spotlight Health welcomes over 1,500 experts and...   Read More

New analysis shows negative impact of ICER’s value framework on patient access in Medicare Part B

By Lauren Neves  |    May 31, 2018
Amidst debate about rising health care costs, some policy-makers have expressed renewed interest in using cost-effectiveness thresholds as the basis for setting coverage and payment policy. But a ...   Read More

ICYMI: Recent survey adds to growing body of research on barriers to innovative payment approaches

By Joe Vandigo  |    May 29, 2018
  A recent study conducted by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and Xcenda found that 71 percent of insurers and 63 percent of biopharmaceutical companies surveyed were interested in...   Read More

Reality check: Value-based contracts are good for patients

By Michelle Drozd  |    April 25, 2018
Biopharmaceutical companies are joining stakeholders across the health care system to pursue flexible ways to pay for medicines that focus on results, lower out-of-pocket costs and enable patients...   Read More

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