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Conferences and Events

Instant Health Data User Conference Showcases Customer-Driven Applications of Real-World Evidence

BHE held its 2018 Instant Health Data (IHD) User’s Conference on Wednesday, March 14th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Real-world evidence (RWE) managers and IHD users attended from over a dozen life science companies and payers, representing about one-half of all companies licensing IHD. These researchers regularly use[…]

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ICER Versus NICE: Who Cares About Value-Based Pricing Assessments?

This is my last post in an ICER versus NICE series that examines how ICER’s and NICE’s methodologies for implementing cost-effectiveness (CE) analyses differ. My last post explored how differences in the use of a fixed CE threshold and the application of a narrower CE threshold range may lead to different intervention recommendations. In this[…]

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Conferences and Events

Healthcare IT's March Madness: A Recap of HIMSS18

Although the NCAA’s March Madness is just heating up, my own March madness is starting to wind down. For those of us in New England, March’s madness really kicked off with three wild Nor’easters. Fortunately for me, these storms coincided with trips to Las Vegas for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)’s Annual[…]

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ICER vs. NICE: Three Key Differences in Approach and Appraisal

Back in December, I recapped an issues panel titled, “Should ICER be NICE (or Not)?” from ISPOR’s 20th Annual European Congress, which sought to compare the use of ICER’s value assessment framework versus NICE’s guidelines when conducting and interpreting cost-effectiveness (CE) analyses. In that post, I summarized the ideas expressed during the[…]

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ICER Versus NICE: The Verdict From Our ISPOR Glasgow Issue Panel

A smashing success! ISPOR hosted its 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland last month, boasting nearly 5,000 attendees and satisfying our deepest sweet tooth cravings thanks to the lunch menu’s endless supply of teacake biscuits, caramel wafers, caramel shortbread, and IRN Bru. In addition, the conference hosted three well-attended[…]

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Should ICER Be NICE (or Not)?: A Prelude to Our ISPOR Glasgow Issue Panel

ISPOR’s 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow is fast approaching, with the first plenary session scheduled for this Monday, November 6th. I will be attending as part of BHE’s team and am looking forward to the plenary sessions discussing the evolution of value in healthcare, including the increase in value-based care initiatives, the future of[…]

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Policy Corner: The Mysterious World of Drug Pricing

Almost every day, I see unflattering news stories regarding drug pricing and the cost of pharmaceuticals. Whether it's a supplier raising the costs of essential drugs like the Epi-Pen several-fold or a new CAR-T drug priced at a seemingly exorbitant rate - not unlike a three-bedroom house here in the Boston area - media and government scrutiny is[…]

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Research and Publications

Real-World Evidence Study Published in the Journal Cancer Reveals a Five-Fold Cost Increase Associated With Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Researchers at Boston Health Economics, the Carolina Urologic Research Center, and Janssen, also found high hospitalization rates associated with metastatic prostate cancer. WALTHAM, MA, September 15, 2017 –—A new real-world evidence study shows that the development of prostate cancer metastasis was associated with a five-fold increase in medical[…]

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