Ironically after I spent last week sitting in with the Dartmouth crowd, on Friday the IOM (despite having a lack of Dartmouth folks on this committee!) came out with a recommendation for a New National Program To Evaluate Effectiveness of Health Care Products and Services and End Confusion About Which Work Best. In other words an American NICE. (Here’s the more digestible Retuers article).
All major Democratic proposals suggest such a thing, and it’s even something that I and Karen Ignagni can agree about.
"Patients deserve to know not only what medical treatments work, but which treatments work best," Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement. "With new treatments and technologies introduced each day, providers need a dependable and trusted source of information that provides useful guidance on treatment options available."
However, there might just be the teeniest bit of opposition out there even with AHIP’s enthusiasm (and the cynics would say because of it)….so don’t expect any one agency to have controls over exactly what care gets paid any time soon.