Links to news articles, audio and video interviews featuring ICER, as well as op-eds and blog posts from ICER staff.
Sarah Jane Reed, Sarah Emond, and CEPAC member Austin Frakt recently blogged about the December 2013 CEPAC meeting on supplemental screening for women with dense breasts. You can read their blog entry at The Incidental Economist.
Utility of Amyloid Imaging in Alzheimer’s Still Uncertain Pauline Anderson January 15, 2014 Medscape Medical News The medical literature provides extremely limited data with which to evaluate the clinical utility of amyloid-beta positive-emission tomography (Aβ PET), a new summary of the evidence on imaging in the diagnostic evaluation of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) concludes. A positive… [Read More]
Should insurers be forced to pay for expensive new cancer treatments? AirTalk August 30th, 2013 If insurance companies won’t pay for expensive, but potentially life-saving treatments, will it stop hospitals from investing in them too? Blue Shield of California has come under fire for refusing to pay for an expensive and controversial new… [Read More]
Dr. Pearson crafted the below response to “Why the Ethics of Parsimonious Medicine Is Not the Ethics of Rationing” by Jon C. Tilburt, MD and Christine K. Cassel, MD, published in the February 27, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. To the Editor: Drs. Tilburt and Cassel clearly intend to advance a high… [Read More]
Insurers Push Clinic Sleep Testing Into Homes By Chelsea ConaboyBoston GlobeFebruary 2, 2013 “Sleep apnea testing was a time commitment. For years, patients were required to stay overnight at a sleep clinic, plugged in to machines and watched over for seven hours by sleep technologists. Now, most people can strap a portable monitor to their… [Read More]
Insurance Coverage of AD Diagnostics? Not Without Better Data 15 December 2012. The quest for health insurance coverage of brain amyloid scanning just took a twist. On 13 December 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the government agency that administers the Medicare program, proposed lifting a nationwide exclusion on coverage of new… [Read More]
The informational website, familyeducation.com, highlights a resource for parents of children with ADHD produced by ICER following recent CEPAC meeting. The Action Guide provides parents with information comparing the latest evidence on various management options, and is featured on the website as "6 Action Steps for Parents of Children with ADHD." The website is produced… [Read More]
How One Panel Weighed the Evidence on Magnetic Pulse Treatment for Depression By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News August 6, 2012 The debate over a new treatment for depression has all the elements a new panel was set up to resolve: There’s conflict over its effectiveness, it isn’t cheap, and it could be used by… [Read More]
ICER’s President, Dr. Steve Pearson, is featured in the May 17, 2012 WIHI broadcast: Testing, Testing! Is This Procedure Necessary? WIHI is an exciting "talk show" program from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It’s free, it’s timely, and it’s designed to help dedicated legions of health care improvers worldwide keep up with some of the… [Read More]
ICER’s flagship initiative, the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, was featured in the April issue of Connecticut Medicine. The article features commentary from several current and former CEPAC members, including Michael Deren, Claudia Gruss, Ellen Andrews and Rick Lopez. Download Article