During its policy committee meetings, PMC members debate and establish the Coalition's policy priorities and positions. These meetings frequently feature policy leaders, including representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Congressional staffers, as guest speakers.
December 14, 2017
featuring a panel discussion on how value assessment frameworks may be designed to account for personalized medicine, followed by PMC's annual holiday party
Recognizing that value assessment frameworks (VAFs) can help facilitate access to personalized medicine only if they are designed to incorporate the principles of human heterogeneity, the Personalized Medicine Coalition will launch a white paper titled Personalized Medicine and Value Assessment Frameworks: Context, Considerations, and Next Steps. The paper analyzes how current VAFs incorporate key personalized medicine considerations.
Following the business portion of the meeting, which will take place from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET, Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Science Policy, PMC, will moderate a panel discussion about personalized medicine in VAFs featuring Alan Balch, Ph.D. of the National Patient Advocate Foundation, Dan Leonard of the National Pharmaceutical Council, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle of Xcenda, and Dana Wollins of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
All participants in the meeting will then be invited to join PMC members and friends for drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Coalition's annual holiday party.
2018 Policy Meetings (dates forthcoming)
The first 2018 policy meeting will be held in February.
October 16, 2017
New Directions at CMS: A Discussion of the Agency's RFI on Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs, featuring Steve Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Medical Officer, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Steve Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Medical Officer, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), joined us to discuss the future of value-based payment at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the context of the agency's recent request for information (RFI) on how to "drive quality, reduce costs and improve outcomes." Our conversation with Farmer, facilitated by PMC's Vice President for Public Policy, Cynthia Bens, informed the Coalition's effort to underline personalized medicine's benefits for both patients and the health system in its response to the RFI. The final letter submitted is below.
During the business portion, PMC members discussed PMC's comments on the European Medicines Agency (EMA)'s Concept Paper on Predictive Biomarker-Based Assay Development and comments on CMS' Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule — Date of Service Provision, also known as the 14-Day Rule. The final letters submitted are below:
June 8, 2017
featuring staffers from the offices of Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Staffers from the offices of U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon, M.D., (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) joined us to discuss the newly proposed draft legislative framework for the oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) outlined in the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA). Jeff Lucas, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Bucshon, and Polly Webster, J.D., M.P.H., Health Policy Director for Rep. DeGette, shared their thoughts and took questions.
Following the discussion, PMC members reviewed the Coalition's responses to "The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act" (H.R. 1313) and a bill to provide for a study on the use of genetic testing to improve health care proposed by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). The final letters submitted are below:
April 27, 2017
featuring Marc Boutin, CEO, National Health Council
Marc Boutin, J.D., CEO, National Health Council, joined us to discuss how the 21st Century Cures Act, value assessment frameworks and Congress' consideration of the Affordable Care Act may impact patient access to personalized medicine.
The Coalition also considered Congress' recent activities in laboratory-developed test oversight and genetic privacy and discussed its responses.
February 15, 2017
featuring a question-and-answer period with FDA's Michael Pacanowski, M.P.H., Pharm.D., and an off-the-record conversation with Dylan Scott of Vox
Michael Pacanowski, M.P.H., Pharm.D., joined Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., Vice President, Science Policy, PMC, to share his thoughts on the state of personalized medicine at FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and PMC's report titled Personalized Medicine at FDA: 2016 Progress Report. The meeting concluded with an off-the-record conversation with Dylan Scott of Vox, who offered his perspective on the new administration and answered questions from the audience.
The membership also discussed the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)'s proposed updates to its value assessment framework. That conversation informed the Coalition's letter on the topic, which was submitted to ICER on April 3, 2017:
December 7, 2016
with PCORI's Joe V. Selby, M.D., M.P.H., and FDA's Elizabeth Mansfield, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Mansfield, Ph.D., Deputy Office Director, Personalized Medicine and Molecular Genetics, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, FDA, and Joe V. Selby, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), discussed how their respective agencies plan to proceed in 2017. The Coalition also discussed its own plans for the new year.
June 21, 2016
Envisioning Value in Personalized Medicine, featuring Rick Chapman, Ph.D., M.S., Director of Health Economics, ICER with representatives from the Global Liver Institute, NPC and PhRMA
Rick Chapman, Ph.D., M.S., Director of Health Economics, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), joined Donna R. Cryer, J.D., President & CEO, Global Liver Institute; Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC); and Randy Burkholder, Vice President, Policy and Research, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), for a discussion on personalized medicine technology value assessment.
April 21, 2016
with a panel of coding experts from AMA, McKesson and NextGxDx
A panel of coding experts discussed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)' options for implementing the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014. The panel featured Jay Ahlman, Vice President, Coding & Reimbursement Products Portfolio, American Medical Association; Judsen Schneider, Ph.D., Vice President of Bioinformatics, NextGxDx; and Matthew Zubiller, Vice President, General Manager, Strategic Growth Portfolio, McKesson.
The membership also discussed the recently proposed Medicare Part B demo project. That conversation informed PMC's May 2016 letter on the topic:
February 24, 2016
with FDA's David Litwack and Taha Kass-Hout
David Litwack, Ph.D., Policy Advisor, FDA Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, and Taha Kass-Hout, M.D., M.S., Chief Health Informatics Officer, FDA, and Director, Office of Health Informatics, FDA, delivered remarks on the role of databases in next-generation sequencing (NGS) policy and the intended impact of precisionFDA.