Dr. Allison Rosen presents to ASPE on the current state of the art in measuring cost-of-illness

Dr Rosen, Associate Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and a national leader in the measurement of health care value, was an invited speaker and participant in an Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)-commissioned Roundtable on the State of the Art for Measuring Burden of Illness. The roundtable brought together leaders in burden of illness research for an in-depth discussion of the current state of the art in measuring the impact of disease, and the remaining methodological challenges and data needs to advance the state of the art.

The purpose of the Roundtable was to provide policymakers with an understanding of the current landscape regarding metrics, methods, and data for quantifying the burden of illness. Dr. Rosen’s talk entitled, “Challenges Allocating National Health Care Spending to Diseases,” compared current methods for and methodological challenges in allocating national spending to diseases, with a particular focus on the challenges posed by comorbid conditions. The proceedings were summarized in a primer on burden of illness designed to assist ASPE staff and other federal policymakers better utilize disease burden estimates in policy development.