FoCUS Monthly Recap: August 2020

Joseph KnoxFoCUS, News

UPDATED RESOURCES

New pipeline projections, updated stakeholder perspectives in the Paying for Cures Toolkit

We’re keeping the Toolkit up to date with our latest analysis of the cell and gene therapy pipeline, and in case you missed it we recently introduced new “Stakeholder Views” pages pulling together the most relevant information for patients, payers, developers, and policymakers. 

Visit the toolkit

SPREADING THE WORD

Paying for Cures Virtual Conference shared public and commercial payer perspectives and lessons

On August 18 FoCUS hosted a one-day virtual Paying for Cures conference exploring the approaches public and commercial payers are taking to make new cell and gene therapies accessible and sustainable. The day featured diverse panels of speakers representing a cross-section of the healthcare ecosystem, and affirmed the need to collaborate to solve problems. See the full agenda and read the brief meeting recap.  

IN THE COMMUNITY

Paying for Cures Toolkit updated with new material for patients and developers

Mark Trusheim was quoted in an AJMC Sidebar “CMS Seeks to Fix Medicaid Best-Price Barriers in Value-Based Contracting for High-Cost Therapies in Medicaid”, highlighting progress and remaining potential obstacles in the proposed new CMS rule to address Medicaid Best Price barriers for high-cost therapies. (Download the NEWDIGS FoCUS public comment on the rule, shared last month).

Also, Mark Trusheim has joined the Advisory Board for the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs (CAPD) value in medicine meetings. 

COMING UP

Jane Barlow will be speaking at Product Launch for Cell and Gene Therapies conference September 23–24 in Boston; the Annual Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Symposium October 7–8 in Sacramento; and the NAMCP Value Based Care Council presentation October 9 in Las Vegas. 

On July 13 Mark Trusheim participated in a webinar hosted by the Institute for Gene Therapies entitled “CMS Proposed Rule on Value-based Purchasing”. Watch the recording

COMING UP

Jane Barlow will be speaking at Product Launch for Cell and Gene Therapies conference September 23–24 in Boston; the Annual Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Symposium October 7–8 in Sacramento; and the NAMCP Value Based Care Council presentation October 9 in Las Vegas. 

DESIGN LAB

The next FoCUS Design Lab will be held online October 15-16. By invitation only.