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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Comparative Effectiveness (continued)

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  • How should it be linked to coverage decisions by payers?
    • Should not serve the cost containment concerns of payers
    • Might be most useful in informing treatment options and assigning appropriate reimbursement premiums
  • How should this information be communicated?
    • Share widely with all stakeholders, particularly providers and patients
    • Consider the dangers of incomplete understanding of results, particularly when communicated in an overly simplistic manner
    • Acknowledge that CE information can be incomplete, misleading, or misinterpreted
  • How should stakeholders be involved?
    • Participate in framing the methods that will be used and prioritizing the key therapeutic areas
    • Promote transparency about the processes, findings, limitations, and appropriate uses of the information

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