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Cost, Coverage, and Comparative Effectiveness Research: The Critical Issues for Oncology – Journal of Clinical Oncology (October 2012)

Daniel A. Ollendorf, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle, Jennifer A. Colby, and Steven D. Pearson

Use of comparative effectiveness information in local healthcare decisions can be confounded by variations in practice, barriers to access and population demographics. The New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council was convened as a public deliberative panel that considers evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness and comparative value of a variety of therapeutic interventions. The council is tasked with making summary judgments on the evidence and recommendations for applying the evidence in medical and drug coverage policy, as well as initiating educational efforts for patients and clinicians. The New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council met in June 2012 to discuss management options for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, guided by a recent comparative effectiveness review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and supplementary economic analyses conducted by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. This article summarizes the deliberations and reflects on lessons learned regarding use of region-specific economic analyses to guide decision-making.

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