NPS QUM pro­gram re­view

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THE De­part­ment of Health is seek­ing sub­mis­sions from rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers as part of a for­mal re­view of the de­liv­ery of the Qual­ity Use of Medicines (QUM) Pro­gram by NPS MedicineWise.

Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Lloyd San­som has been ap­pointed to un­der­take the probe, which is the re­sult of a 2018-19 Bud­get mea­sure to re­view NPS MedicineWise in re­gard to its gov­ern­ment-funded ac­tiv­i­ties.

The for­mal terms of ref­er­ence for the re­view have been re­leased, say­ing it is ex­pected to pro­vide a “ro­bust eval­u­a­tion” of the de­liv­ery of QUM pro­grams, in­clud­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion of the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween NPS MedicineWise and rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment and non­govern­ment agen­cies in­volved in broader QUM pro­grams.

“NPS MedicineWise has been re­ceiv­ing Com­mon­wealth fund­ing for over 20 years with­out a sub­stan­tial re­view,” the terms of ref­er­ence note, with the most re­cent re­view un­der­taken in 2017 and spon­sored by NPS MedicineWise it­self.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will aim to pro­vide clar­ity and guid­ance on NPS MedicineWise’s gov­er­nance, per­for­mance, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity re­quire­ments “and the ro­bust­ness of eval­u­a­tions sup­port­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of its ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing sav­ings claims to the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme and Med­i­cal Ben­e­fits Sched­ule,” the De­part­ment said.

The re­view will be un­der­taken in three parts: one fo­cus­ing on gov­er­nance, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in­clud­ing the im­pact of the QUM Grant Pro­gram on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Ven­tureWise com­mer­cial arm; a sec­ond com­po­nent look­ing at the de­liv­ery of the QUM Grant Pro­gram and NPS MedicineWise’s long-term sus­tain­abil­ity; while part three will fo­cus on sav­ings eval­u­a­tion method­ol­ogy and re­port­ing of broader health out­comes.

“The re­view will also pro­vide op­tions to in­form the ef­fi­cient, flex­i­ble and in­no­va­tive de­liv­ery of the QUM Grant Pro­gram as well as a ro­bust eval­u­a­tion of its out­comes and sav­ings,” the terms state.

Sub­mis­sions to the re­view are due by 24 Jan 2019 via email to [email protected] health.gov.au, with the fi­nal re­port to be pro­vided to the De­part­ment of Health by 30 Apr.

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