In a recent post on the IVI-sponsored Health Affairs featured blog series, Peter Neumann and James Baumgardner addresses cost effectiveness analysis as applied across different types of of healthcare interventions, and the disproportionate emphasis placed on pharmaceuticals relative to overall healthcare spending. Neumann and Baumgardner outline some reasons why surgical CEAs are more challenging that drug CEAs, and also suggest some policy changes that can achieve greater balance, including government subsidies and payer encouragement of medical and surgical CEAs.

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About the Health Affairs/IVI Featured Blog Series: Drugs and Medical Innovation — In partnership with Health Affairs, IVI is proud to sponsor the “Drugs and Medical Innovation” blog series. On an ongoing basis, articles in this series will explore topics such as value-based reimbursement, drug policy and pricing, balancing short-term access against long-term rates of innovation, and other relevant issues. Our goal is to create an open forum for sharing ideas and debating issues in these areas, extending the discussion to a broader audience.