The Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC), a core program of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), is a nationally-recognized community forum. The Midwest CEPAC 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 Midwest CEPAC process, and Find out how topics are selected.

Midwest CEPAC 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 Midwest CEPAC must meet ICER’s criteria for Conflict of Interest.

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

Next Meeting

Opioids: Digital Apps

The Midwest CEPAC will convene virtually to deliberate and vote on evidence presented in ICER's report on digital therapeutics for opioid use disorder (OUD).

Voting Body

Eric Armbrecht, PhD (Chair)

Associate Professor

Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research, School of Medicine and College for Public Health & Social Justice

Chronic disease management is the focus of Dr. Eric Armbrecht’s work as a professor, data scientist, and public health advocate. For more than 15 years, he has designed, implemented, and evaluated health improvement strategies across diverse populations and settings, including …

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Nicholas Bagley, JD

Professor of Law

University of Michigan Law School

Nicholas Bagley is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches and writes in the areas of health law, administrative law, and regulatory theory. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, he was an attorney …

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Alan Balch, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Patient Advocate Foundation , National Patient Advocate Foundation

Dr. Balch has more than 15 years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on consensus-building and collaboration. He became the CEO of both PAF and NPAF in 2013. From 2006-2013, he served as Vice President of …

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Bijan Borah, PhD

Professor of Health Services Research

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Dr. Bijan Borah is a Professor of Health Services Research at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.  Dr. Borah is also a consultant in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research in the Department of Health Sciences Research …

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Angela Brown, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC)

Angela Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC).  Angela has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management with a focus in health policy, strategic planning and community engagement.  Over the past 13 years, …

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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics; Associate Dean for Research Mentoring; Director, Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research

Indiana University School of Medicine

Aaron E. Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research at the Indiana University School …

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Donald Casey, MD, MPH, MBA


American College of Medicine (ACMQ)

Dr. Don Casey is currently President of the American College of Medicine (ACMQ), which is the organization for healthcare professionals responsible for providing leadership in quality and safety outcomes, who want or need the tools, experience and expertise to improve …

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Gregory Curfman, MD

Deputy Editor


Gregory Curfman, MD, is the Deputy Editor at the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Curfman was previously the editor in chief of Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, and, prior to assuming this …

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Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD

Associate Professor of Health Policy, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Dusetzina is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and an Ingram associate professor of cancer research at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a health services researcher whose work focuses on measuring and evaluating population-level …

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Yngve Falck-Ytter, MD, AGAF

Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Cleveland

Dr. Falck-Ytter is Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Veterans Affairs Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. His research interest focuses on clinical trials as well as research methodology and evidence translation.  He has …

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Elbert S. Huang, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine; Director, Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy

University of Chicago

Dr. Elbert Huang is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy, and Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Chicago. From 2010-2011, he served as a Senior …

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Jill Johnson, PharmD

Professor, College of Pharmacy

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Jill T. Johnson is Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Johnson is a clinical pharmacist and a general internal medicine team member at …

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Bradley Martin, PharmD, PhD

Professor, Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Dr. Bradley Martin is currently Professor and was the founding head of the Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP) Division at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.  The Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy division offers graduate and professional …

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Timothy McBride, PhD

Co-Director, Center for Health Economics and Policy; Professor, Brown School

Washington University in St. Louis

Timothy McBride is an influential health policy analyst and leading health economist shaping the national agenda in health insurance, health reform, rural health care, Medicare and Medicaid policy, health economics, and access to health care. McBride studies the effects of …

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Scott Micek, PharmD

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Scott Micek, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and completed a residency in pharmacy practice at Barnes-Jewish Hospital …

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Reem Mustafa, MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Director, Outcomes and Implementation Research

University of Kansas Medical Center

Reem Mustafa is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and the Director of Outcomes and Implementation Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Mustafa was the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient …

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Rachel Sachs, JD, MPH

Associate Professor of Law

Washington University in St. Louis

Rachel Sachs is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and a Faculty Scholar at the University’s Institute for Public Health.  Professor Sachs holds an AB from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and …

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Kurt Vanden Bosch, PharmD

System Formulary Manager

St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho

Kurt Vanden Bosch, PharmD, is the System Formulary Manager at St. Luke’s Health System based in Boise, Idaho.  In this role, he is responsible for review of new drugs to the market and routine drug class reviews. Dr. Vanden Bosch …

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Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine; Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Synthesis Program

Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research

Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH, MACP is a Professor of Medicine, core investigator, and staff physician at the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is a Master in the …

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Stuart A. Winston, DO

Physician Lead: Patient Experience, Quality Improvement

Integrated Health Associates; St. Joseph Mercy Health System

Dr. Stuart Winston is a cardiologist in the sub-specialty of cardiac electrophysiology. During his career in cardiology and electrophysiology, he was co-director of the electrophysiology laboratory, chief of cardiology and the medical director of the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute …

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February 5, 2021 High Cholesterol
November 20, 2020 Bladder Cancer
November 18, 2020 Opioids: Digital Apps
January 23, 2020 Acute Migraine
September 26, 2019 Cardiovascular Disease
November 29, 2018 Asthma
September 13, 2018 Amyloidosis