Compiling data to enable consumers, employers and public payers to make informed decisions about the purchase and management of health care benefits

Under this project, the Institute of Medicine will convene an interdisciplinary committee with expertise in clinical medicine, clinical epidemiology, health services research, evaluative sciences and medical decision making. The committee will: (1) develop a process to identify health services of potentially high clinical value, factoring in importance to health on a population-wide basis and the availability of high-quality evidence; (2) develop decision rules for deciding on the appropriate aggregation units of services for purposes of both evaluation and later ability of others to make benefit package decisions using those units; (3) develop or adapt a methodological approach to analyzing the clinical scientific evidence on the range of services identified; (4) analyze the evidence for the services identified, drawing conclusions on the clinical and health value of each; and (5) for identified services where the evidence base is not strong enough for drawing conclusions on clinical value, the committee will recommend research needed to develop the evidence bases.At the conclusion of this project, the Institute of Medicine will release a report detailing the committee's deliberations. RWJF will use the findings from this project as the basis for a cost evaluation and analysis of barriers to access for such services.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,719,220.00

Awarded on: 1/30/2006

Time frame: 2/1/2006 - 4/30/2008

Grant Number: 56822


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, 20001-2736


Jill Eden
Project Director