Comparative Effectiveness: New Solutions to Address Complex Health Issues

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 9:00am
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062
United States

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) hosted an event with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to educate the public on the innovative and highly timely issue of comparative effectiveness. This event highlighted the challenges understanding the effectiveness of established and new treatments and how proposed reviews of these procedures and diagnosis's could impact the U.S. health care system. This event hosted members of the business and health care community who are actively engaged in this issue. 

Although the description of comparative effectiveness has been evolving recently as many organizations and government officials attempt to address the many issues that complicate our health care system, the focus has not changed. The rigidity of the current system does not encourage efficiency or reward positive outcomes which include making treatments more affordable. Experts from the different sectors of the health care community addressed the need to reevaluate current treatments and how positive results can be realized both in the health of the patient and in the costs to the payers. 
Discussion topics included:

  • Current Research
  • Translating the Impact for Employers & Payers
  • Macropolicy View of Comparative Effectiveness
  • Necessary Tools to Selecting the Best Treatments
  • The Future of Comparative Effectiveness

Speakers included:

  • Mark McClellan, Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution
  • David Nexon, Senior Vice President, Advanced Medical Technology Association
  • Alan Rosenberg, M.D., Vice President & Medical Director, WellPoint, Inc.
  • Jean Slutsky, Director; Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • David Hickam, M.D., M.P.H.; Professor, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University

Click here to access the Comparative Effectiveness Toolkit.

Click on the name below to access the presentation slides:

Thank you to our co-hosts:

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 Thank you to our Media Sponsor:

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Thank you to our Marketing Partners:

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