TABLE 3-4 Duplicated Efforts by Selected Health Plans and Technology Assessment Firms, 2006

Type of Service

Health Plans

Technology Assessment Firms

United-Healthcare

Kaiser Permanente

Aetna

WellPoint

Hayes, Inc.

BCBSA TEC

ECRI

Screening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genetic testing to predict breast cancer recurrence

Proteomic testing for ovarian cancer

 

 

Virtual (computed tomography) colonoscopy

Disease management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Intermittent intravenous insulin therapy

 

 

Diagnosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CT angiography for suspected coronary artery disease

Microvolt T-wave alternans

Wireless capsule endoscopy

Treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brachytherapy for various cancers: breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer and brain tumors

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding and fibroids

Fallopian tube occlusion for permanent contraception

 

 

Growth factor-mediated lumbar spinal fusion

 

 

Intracoronary brachytherapy

Minimally invasive surgery for low back pain

Photodynamic therapy for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

 

Vagus nerve stimulation for intractable depression



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