Background Brazilian Guidelines, developed by medical societies, are sparsely used by federal agencies to determine coverage. To date there is no organised approach to clinical policy and guideline development or for dialogue with regulators within BHCOs. Amil, the largest BHCO, covers 6 million lives distributed across 8 regions and delivers care to many through its own medical centres.
Objectives To develop a minimally resourced clinical policy and implementation capability within Amil together with a training programme on a national level.
Methods Our approach is based on observation of the Penn Health System and the Kaiser Permanente (KP) models of IHTA. We are profiling current capacity for integrating umbrella reviews with mining and interpretation of internally generated practice data, and are identifying resource and manpower needs. To promote cultural change on national scale we reformulated an annual training workshop made in partnership with NYAM and McMaster and opened to participants within and without Amil, including Health Ministry and Regulatory Agencies, by addressing guideline development, adaptation and implementation skills.
Results Our approach identifies knowledge gaps within the organisation and develops related guidelines and outcomes assessment to be internally used through Electronic Health Records and to be presented to regulators as proposal for change. The framework was built on a piloted approach on bariatric surgery and on the identification of additional target areas. Our capacity building programme has trained over 250 individuals within and without Amil, including policy developers within regional and national health ministries.
Conclusion An IHTA programme within a BHCO may offer a capacity building model useful for national development.
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