The California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), a core program of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), is a nationally-recognized community forum. CTAF convenes three times each year at public meetings to review objective evidence reports and develop recommendations for how stakeholders can apply evidence to improve the quality and value of health care. Learn more about the CTAF process, and find out how topics are selected.

CTAF directly engages clinicians, patients, and payers during public meetings to discuss implications of the evidence for clinical decision-making and coverage policies. Application of evidence takes shape through new medical policies, benefit designs, and patient and clinician tools to improve clinical care and patient outcomes. All members of the CTAF Panel must meet ICER’s criteria for Conflict of Interest.

For CTAF reports published prior to September 2013, please email info@icer-review.org

The box below provides information on the topic of the next meeting of CTAF. For more information about past and other upcoming meetings, see the box to the right.


Next Meeting

October 19, 2017 TBD

California Endowment Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA, 94612

Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain

ICER will review evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of certain cognitive and mind-body interventions for chronic low back and neck pain.

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Low Back Pain

ICER will develop a report assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of certain non-pharmacologic, non-invasive interventions for chronic low back and neck pain. The report will be the subject of a October 19, 2017 meeting of the California Technology Assessment Forum.

Interventions of Interest:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

Date of review: October 2017

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