CEPAC Releases Draft Report on Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care

Boston, Mass., March 24, 2015 – The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has posted a new draft report, entitled “Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care,” for public comment. The report will be the subject of deliberation and vote at the next public meeting of CEPAC on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The report distills the latest evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care. It provides an analysis of the legal, regulatory, and financial landscape for behavioral health integration, and highlights key barriers to and possible solutions for successful integration efforts as identified through interviews with over 30 stakeholders throughout New England and nationally. During the meeting on May 1, CEPAC will be joined by a Policy Roundtable of experts in the field of integration to discuss the implications of the report’s findings for policy and practice.

Written public comments on the report can be submitted by email to info@icer-review.org by Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Members of the public interested in attending the May 1 meeting can register here.

For more information, read the full press release here.

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Action Guides for Type 2 Diabetes Management Now Available

Final Actions Guides are now posted to accompany the October 2014 CEPAC report, “Controversies in the Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.” Written as three separate guides for patients, physicians, and payers, the Action Guides distill the key recommendations from the report to guide decision-making in type 2 diabetes management. Among the resources included in these guides are evidence-based recommendations for use of second- and third-line medications for type 2 diabetes, guidance for developing coverage policies that prioritize use of high-value treatment options, tools to guide patient and clinician decisions on medication choice, and resources to support implementation of coordinated care teams for patients with diabetes. Download the action guides here.

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ICER Seeking Nominations for CEPAC Membership

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is seeking nominations of clinicians as well as patient and public representatives to serve on the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC).  CEPAC is a regional body that provides objective, independent guidance on the application of medical evidence to clinical practice and payer policy decisions across New England.  Supported by a consortium of New England state health policy leaders, provider groups, and payers, CEPAC holds public meetings to consider evidence reviews of medical tests, treatments, and models for health care delivery, and to provide judgments regarding how the evidence can best be used across New England to improve the quality and value of health care services. New council members will be elected to serve for a three-year term, during which they will attend two full-day meetings per year. To nominate, please send a CV and letter of intent to info@icer-review.org. Nomination by sponsoring organizations and self-nominations are both welcome.

For more information, read the full press release here.

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