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Insights & Analysis

There’s one constant in healthcare: change. Count on us to break down the trends so you can stay up to date. Follow our take on each piece of this deep, intertwined, and often perplexing industry to find opportunities and practical approaches to move healthcare forward.

Sean Creighton

CMS RADV White Paper Outlines Potentially Significant Program Changes

CMS is considering changes to its commercial market Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) program to improve the accuracy of risk adjustment transfers and to increase stability and predictability for issuers. This follows issuer experiences with the 2017 RADV process in which some issuers saw substantial, unforeseen changes to their risk adjustment transfers. These RADV changes have the potential to impact issuer participation and premiums in future years depending on the direction (positive or negative) and magnitude of those transfers.

Josh Seidman

Avalere Publishes Manuscript on Validating Preparation for Shared Decision-Making Tool for Advanced Breast Cancer Patients

Avalere’s “Preparation for Shared Decision-Making” (PFSDM) tool aims to help patients with advanced breast cancer (ABC) feel prepared to communicate with their clinicians and engage in decision making aligned with their preferences. The validation study confirms the acceptability and usability of the tool for women with ABC.

Nick Diamond

USMCA Compromise Drops Key Biologics Exclusivity Provisions

The replacement to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, was originally proposed to increase biologics exclusivity in Mexico and Canada to 10 years. As part of the Administration’s compromise with the House of Representatives, these provisions have been removed from the amended version that was recently agreed to by the US, Mexico, and Canada. While exclusivity in the US remains unchanged at 12 years, that it is not increased for Canada and Mexico may impact market entry for biologics ex-US.

Manuel Aviña

An Opportunity for Remote Patient Monitoring as Part of Healthcare Delivery for Neurological Care

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) provides an opportunity to diagnose and treat patients facing neurological diseases. Given that multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy require intervention from specialized care teams, effective management of these chronic neurological conditions can be supported through RPM to improve patient outcomes. Although RPM has been shown to be a complement and in some cases an alternative to office-based care, reimbursement and coverage barriers remain.

Karl Kilgore

Avalere Presents First Real-World Evidence on Medicare Patients’ CAR-T Experiences at ASH Press Briefing

On Saturday, December 7, Karl Kilgore discussed “Medicare Patients Receiving Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A First Real-World Look at Patient Characteristics, Healthcare Utilization and Costs” during a press briefing at the American Society of Hematology’s Annual Meeting.

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