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    A Critical Link: What Medical Communicators Should Know about Preparing AMCP Dossiers

    What role do medical communicators play in the world of health care reimbursement? 

    In the United States, health care reimbursement and access is a complex process that involves multiple parties known as payers (or payors): insurers, national health entities, and other decision-makers. The goal is to provide effective health care to patients while also weighing the costs of drugs, devices, and procedures in order to develop plans for formularies.

    June 5, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Compare and Contrast: The Growing World of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

    As health care costs continue to rise, medical communicators can play a role in health care policy and practice by participating in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)—a growing field with opportunities for medical communicators. 

    What is HEOR, and how does it contribute to scientific knowledge? What are the guidelines for reporting results of HEOR studies?

    May 15, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Are You Protected? Professional Liability Insurance for Freelancers

    As independent businesspeople, freelance medical writers are responsible for acquiring their own insurance policies. Some types of policies are critical for operating a business, while others depend on the structure of one’s freelance business. 

    May 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    The Importance of Quality Control in Medical Writing

    No one is perfect. 

    Even the best medical writers make the occasional mistake. That is why it is important to use every tool at our disposal to make sure that each project’s content, style, and format are high quality.

    April 17, 2023 at 9:14 AM

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    The CONSORT Statement: A Standard for Reporting Randomized Controlled Trials

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the foundation for advancing clinical practice. However, not all RCTs are created equal. To communicate how an RCT was designed and what it found, authors must report clear and accurate information about its methodology and results. Unfortunately, many reviews have shown that authors often don’t provide complete and transparent information about the clinical trial, which can lead to misinterpretation of the validity and reliability of the results. 

    April 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Do You Need to Build a Freelance Website? Depends

    Conventional wisdom says you could be the best freelance medical writer in the world, but unless you have a website, potential clients might not know you exist. 

    March 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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