Draft Report on Supplemental Cancer Screening for Women with Dense Breast Tissue Now Posted for Public Comment
Members of CEPAC will convene on Friday, December 13, 2013 in Boston, MA (meeting details here) to deliberate and vote on the effectiveness and value of supplemental screening options for women with dense breast tissue. The draft report includes a systematic review of the published literature and budget impact analyses using regional data . To submit a written public comment on the draft report, visit here. Instructions for how to register to deliver public comment during the CEPAC meeting are available here. The deadline for submitting a written comment or registering to deliver an oral comment is December 11, 2013.
Registration for the CEPAC meeting is free and open to the public, though space is limited. Register to attend via the CEPAC website by December 11, 2013.
Thirteen states have passed legislation requiring that physicians inform women receiving mammograms whether they have dense breast tissue and may therefore need additional screening, with many more poised to introduce similar policies. In New England, Connecticut has enacted a mandatory breast density notification policy, and similar legislation has been introduced in Massachusetts, making the subject of this meeting particularly timely for decision makers both regionally and nationally.Read More
The meeting agenda and draft questions for deliberation for the December 13th CEPAC meeting on supplemental breast cancer screening for women with dense breast tissue are now posted for public comment:
Members of the public who wish to submit a comment on the questions for deliberation can do so here.
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) today released a new Action Guide to help provider organizations, payers, and policy makers interpret existing evidence and apply the recommendations of leading policy experts to guide the integration of community health workers (CHWs) into health care systems. The Action Guide translates the results from the recent CEPAC report titled, “Community Health Workers: A Review of Program Evolution, Evidence on Effectiveness and Value, and Status of Workforce Development in New England,” and provides an associated list of evidence-based action steps and resources tailored to help different stakeholders interpret and apply the evidence to policy and practice. The report formed the basis for the deliberations and votes of the June 2013 CEPAC meeting.
The Action Guide consists of 3 parts with resources and evidence-based steps targeted for 1) the CHW workforce; 2) provider groups and other organizations who employ CHWs; and 3) health insurers. Each section provides information for individuals or organizations looking to apply the best available evidence and expert opinion in the use of CHWs. Among the topics addressed in the guide are CHW certification and training, recruitment, financing and reimbursement, patient interaction, and evaluation.
Next Public Meeting of CEPAC to Address Supplemental Screening for Breast Cancer in Women with Dense Breast Tissue
ICER today announced that the next public meeting of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC) will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 at in Boston, MA (read the full press release here). The topic of this meeting will be supplemental screening for breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue.
CEPAC members, drawn from clinical and public policy experts from all six New England states, will ultimately vote on the most effective approaches for supplemental breast cancer screening for women with dense breast tissue and discuss ways the evidence can be applied to policy and practice in New England. The meeting materials will be available online for public comment beginning November 8, 2013.
|Friday, December 13, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00PM ET
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
Medical Center Area, Boston, MA 02115
Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting must register by December 6, 2013 by visiting Meeting Registration; those wishing to submit written comments ahead of time, and those requesting the opportunity to make public comments at the meeting, can visit Reports.Read More
Members of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC) recently convened in Portland, ME to review evidence and make best practice recommendations on the use of community health workers (CHWs). With state Medicaid programs, private payers, and health care provider organizations all poised to consider how best to introduce or expand existing CHW programs, now is a critical time for objective review of the evidence and for guidance on how to maximize the potential for CHWs to impact health care outcomes and value.
This meeting brought together policy experts from around the country to inform a deliberation on this issue, leading to the production of a final report that will guide decision-making at the policy and practice level in New England, and nationally.
Read the full press release here.Read More
Members of CEPAC will convene on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Portland, ME (meeting details here) to deliberate and vote on the effectiveness and value of community health worker programs. The draft report includes a systematic review of the published literature, budget impact analyses for alternative implementation scenarios, and results from surveys and interviews with leading policy experts in the field. To submit a written public comment on the draft report, visit here. Instructions for how to register to deliver public comment during the CEPAC meeting is available here. The deadline for submitting a written comment or registering to deliver an oral comment is COB on June 24, 2013.Read More
The meeting agenda and draft questions for deliberation for the June 28th CEPAC meeting on community health workers are now posted for public comment:
Members of the public who wish to submit a comment on either the meeting agenda or questions for deliberation can do so here.