The dog days of summer bring yet another scorching hot Potpourri with a smorgasbord of data, including metabias in randomized clinical trials, the practice of defensive medicine, the status of HIEs, retail pharmacy drug costs and pricing and spending on medical devices.
Two articles describe in detail how Britain’s NICE operates in creating guidelines and conducting cost-effectiveness reviews. The process is highly transparent and professional, and while the institution has taken criticism for some of its decisions, its role is extremely important.
CMS has proposed a rule to implement a PPACA provision allowing access to extracts of provider-level Medicare data to evaluate performance, primarily on quality measures. This is a good first step, but just a first step in being able to completely profile physician practice patterns.
Once more into the world of health care to find nuggets of useful information, this week including the legality of wellness programs, the switch to ICD-10, pragmatic trials, the status of the workers’ comp industry, consumer health care sentiment, and hospital ER strategies.
An editorial in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy illustrates common pitfalls in creating guidelines based on certain kinds of research and explains why cause and effect can often be wrongly inferred in the absence of randomized trials.
The year wears on, winter hopefully draws to a close, and our Potpourri provides nutritious sustenance, this week featuring comparative effectiveness research and personalized medicine, two surveys on hospital progress in implementing EHRs, a patient-centered vision of HIT, the validity of care guidelines, and the use of clinical decision support to control inappropriate imaging.
An article in Health Affairs discusses the important topic of disseminating new medical and health care knowledge to physicians and other providers, in this case specifically in regard to comparative effectiveness. Many barriers exist to widespread use of new knowledge and additional techniques are needed to maximize such use.