July 23, 2019

Comments to AHRQ Draft Technical Brief on “Skin Substitutes for Treating Chronic Wounds”

The Alliance submitted comments to AHRQ regarding its draft Technical Brief (TB) and Supplemental Evidence and Data for Systematic Reviews (SEADS) report on “Skin Substitutes for Treating Chronic Wounds.” Comments summarized the problematic procedural issues surrounding the report and raised concern that only 3 of the 83 studies submitted were accepted for consideration - excluding of most of the evidence submitted from the expanded evidence search that had deliberately been re-opened. "Stakeholders have the right to review the next version of the draft to ensure that the corrections were made, the evidence was utilized correctly and read whether any conclusions were altered as a result," emphasized the Alliance. "We urge AHRQ to release the next draft of the technical review with an additional public comment period prior to final publication."
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July 21, 2019

Comments to AHRQ RFI on "The Impact & Use of Evidence-Based Practice Center Evidence Reviews"

The Alliance responded to AHRQ's request for information on "The Impact and Use of Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) Evidence Reviews." Our comments noted that AHRQ reviews in the wound care space tend to be "myopic", with significant errors and with key questions that are too narrowly focused to impact coverage.  We provided suggestions to AHRQ on how the evidence reviews can be more useful and impactful to the wound care space, including: Require key investigators to actually practice in the area of the report; Conduct assessments/reviews  independent of coverage or payment; and, Utilize real-world data/evidence and/or registry data when reviewing chronic wound care issues.
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