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VOLUME 53 | NUMBER 2 | APRIL 2018


EvidenceBased Medicine and State Health Care Coverage: The Washington Health Technology Assessment Program

Objective: To evaluate the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program (WHTAP).

Study Setting: Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program proceedings in Seattle, Washington.

Data Collection and Study Design: We assessed the program through observation of its proceedings over a 5year period, 2009–2014. We conducted detailed analyses of the documents it produced and reviewed relevant literature.

Principal Findings: Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program is unique compared to other state and federal programs. It has successfully applied evidencebased medicine to health care decision making, limited by the strength of available data. It claims cost savings, but they are not substantiated.

Conclusions: Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program is a useful model for other states considering implementation of technology assessment programs. We provide key lessons for improving WHTAP's process.

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