US health care reform - side by side comparison of major proposals

Dear All,

there is an interesting link on the web site of the Kaiser Family Foundation that will help keep track of developments.

"This side-by-side compares the leading comprehensive reform proposals across a number of key characteristics and plan components. Included in this side-by-side are proposals for moving toward universal coverage that have been put forward by the President and Members of Congress. In an effort to capture the most important proposals, we have included those that have been formally introduced as legislation as well as those that have been offered as principles or in White Paper form. This side-by-side will be regularly updated to reflect changes in the proposals and to incorporate major new proposals as they are announced."


Consulting opportunity at Double Helix in Manhatten

Dear All,

there is an interesting opportunity with Double Helix based in NYC, please see below job description and contact details for application.

Best regards

Profile: Management Consultant—Biopharmaceutical Market Access, Pricing, and Reimbursement

Employer: Double Helix Consulting Location: New York City

Double Helix Consulting (DHC) US is the US-based healthcare consulting division of Double Helix Group, which has provided Market Access consulting and Market Research services to the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries for 15 years and has offices in London (Market Access and Market Research), New York (Market Access) and Greater Philadelphia (Market Research). We seek a highly motivated, entrepreneurial executive with experience and expertise in the area of market access, including pricing and reimbursement, to help continue the growth of an exciting and dynamic consulting organization.

Responsibilities: To work with clients and DHC colleagues to:
• Evaluate global reimbursement environment and strategies to enhance technology adoption and coverage policies among payers (e.g., MCOs, PBMs, CMS, international health authorities), HTA and quality assurance groups (e.g., AHRQ, NCQA, JCAHO, NICE, CADTH), professional societies, and other stakeholders
• Cultivate and execute critical business development efforts, including fostering new client relationships, communicating firm’s capabilities and value proposition to clients, and surpassing client expectations to ensure repeat business
• Contribute to establishing and maintaining a network including health economists, payers, payer advisors, clinical opinions leaders, policy makers and patient groups
• Undertake business development activities based on prior experience, or to be willing to become fully involved in this area, in order to demonstrate DHC capabilities to clients
• Evaluate target product profiles and develop commercialization strategies to guide clinical program design, including choice of target populations, duration, comparators and endpoints
• Integrate clinical, market, and payer data to prepare HTAs and product dossier in formats defined by payers and industry associations (e.g., AMCP, WellPoint)
• Develop programs and materials for use by account managers, government relations and field staff that integrate information on product value to support strategies for optimizing revenues, reimbursement, and formulary positioning across managed markets

Education and experience:
• Significant biopharma client-facing Market Access consulting experience
• Experience working with payers and decision-makers on evidence-based customer strategies
• Experience making substantial contributions to commercial assessment, licensing & development decisions, portfolio management and/or lifecycle planning are all a plus
• Advanced degree in a quantitative discipline, e.g., health services research, economics, epidemiology, statistics or business; life sciences training/experience (medicine, pharmacy, nursing) a plus
Other qualifications:
• Proven track record of excellence in written and oral communication of complex technical information
• Strong collaborative style and persuasion skills to build consensus, effectively manage project teams, and achieve objectives
• Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial work environment, including: willingness to take on responsibilities outside one’s typical scope of work, resourcefulness in very lean team situations, and drive to work collaboratively with other divisions of the company to leverage internal expertise
• Commitment to the highest levels of work product quality and client service
• Ability and willingness to travel up to 20%, primarily domestic

What we offer:
• Compensation and benefits very competitive and commensurate with experience
• Job title is flexible and fully dependent on prior experience
• Generous benefits
• DHC US’s prestigious offices are located in midtown Manhattan at Madison Avenue and 41st Street
• Ability to influence the growth of the US division and interact with the UK DHC team
• Ability to work with our Greater Philadelphia-based US strategic market research team
• DHC US is an equal opportunity employer celebrating diversity throughout our organization. EOE/M/F/D/V


Risk sharing a strong topic @ ISPOR Paris Fall 2009

Dear All,

first of all there will be a little bit of slow posting due to the summer season. I am finally on vaccation myself however I thought I post a quick note on the ISPOR agenda in Paris later this year ... A friend of mine, Olivier, and I will run a workshop on the Risk Sharing topic but there are many other sessions on the matter as well that very lately became of paramount importance to many payers and manufacturers, especially within the oncology business. Therefore we are looking foreward to an insightful ISPOR conference again since the usual cost-effectiveness topics started to become a little boring lately ;)

Topics around risk sharing at ISPOR:

- Plenary session (with G de Pouvourville & J Grueger & S Sullivan)
- Workshop on RS, Opportunities, Pitfalls, Modeling (O Ethgen, U Staginnus)
- Workshop from UBC (with J Caro)
- Issure Panel (with M Drummond)

Here is the link for the program. Hope to see many of you at our workshop.

Happy holidays!