ICER’s 2022 “Barriers to Fair Access Assessment” Protocol

How does ICER plan to determine whether health plans offer fair access to pharmaceuticals? I summarized their approach last year as outlined in their white paper titled “Cornerstones of ‘Fair’ Drug Coverage: Appropriate Cost-Sharing and Utilization Management Policies for Pharmaceuticals.” Last month, final protocol for their “Barriers to Fair Access Assessment“. While the approach follows…

ISPOR Summit on Value Assessment

On June 10, I will be presenting at ISPOR’s Summit on “Value Assessment: New Insights, Approaches, and Applications,” which will highlight evolving practices, new methods, and practical applications in value assessment. The Summit will provide a multistakeholder perspective, including recent developments in the incorporation of uncertainty and risk aversion into value measures, covering both the…

Payer use of ICER reports

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) held an interesting webinar titled “5 Years of ICER – Insights and Impact on Payers“. Some highlights form the presentation. Most relevant information Jeremy Lee from MedImpact–a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM)–noted that their Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee used four key pieces of evidence when making coverage and…

Measuring the value of pharmaceuticals over time

Measuring treatment value is difficult. Costs are relatively easier to measure but benefits are often more difficult, particularly impact on caregiver burden, productivity, quality of life and other factors. Not only that, but the “benefits” that accrue to a person may vary by individual. Some individuals may prefer treatments that are more effective, but with…