Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP

Director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Peter is a pulmonary and critical care physician, writer, and recognized health policy expert on federal regulatory processes related to prescription drug pricing and reimbursement. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg. PR Week named him as one of the top 50 health influencers of 2021 for his work on aligning cost of care with clinical value, just ahead of Demi Lovato.

Throughout his education and career, Peter has focused on health disparities, disease prevention, and treatment access. In a highly publicized and unprecedented move, Peter and his colleagues announced in 2012 MSKCC would not cover Zaltrap, a drug with no improved clinical outcomes but double the cost of the standard of care. This controversy led to the development of a price tracking database and the founding of the Drug Pricing Lab in 2015.

In addition to leading the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes and Drug Pricing Lab, Peter is a tenured faculty member at MSKCC, full professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Senior Scholar at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He has been inducted into the National Academic of Medicine, American Society of Clinical Investigators, and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, and served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator on healthcare quality and cancer policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2005-2006).

He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago, and medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and trained at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Disclosures (2018-present):

Speaking: Mercer Consulting, United Rheumatology, Morgan Stanley, NYS Rheumatology, Oppenheimer & Co., Cello Health (formerly Defined Health), Oncology Analytics, Anthem, Magellan Health, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Geisinger, Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine, National Pharmaceutical Council

Advisory: EQRx, GRAIL, Foundation Medicine

Board of Directors: Oncology Analytics

Funding: Arnold Ventures, Kaiser Permanente, National Cancer Institute, Conquer Cancer Foundation

Focus Areas

Drug industry pricing and programs
Medicare and government Programs
Value-based pricing

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Understanding the Rewards of Successful Drug Development: Thinking Inside the…
The ability to charge high prices is only one component of a complex system of risks and rewards that underlies pharmaceutical innovation.
NEJM 01/30/2020
The "Netflix Model" of Financing Hepatitis C Treatment
An alternative payment model is proposed to support a population-level payment paradigm.
JAMA Viewpoint 11/20/2018
Spending On Prescription Drugs In The US: Where Does All…
Supply chain intermediaries, or “middlemen,” are being blamed for capturing much of the money that is often categorized as drug spending.
HA Blog 07/31/2018
Value-Based Pricing for Drugs: Theme and Variations
A taxonomy of the features that make a payment model truly value-based.
JAMA Viewpoint 05/02/2018
In Cancer Care, Cost Matters
A phenomenally expensive new cancer drug, Zaltrap, was not more clinically effective than existing medicines for colorectal cancer yet it was priced more than twice as high so we refused to offer it.
NYTimes 10/14/2012
Xeljanz, the FDA, and nine years of patient harm
Quantifying population-level adverse events in the near decade between when safety concerns were identified and FDA action
Drug Pricing Lab 05/31/2022
Atypical antipsychotics: Decades of use, unfathomable harms
Using attributable risk calculations to quantify how many premature deaths resulted from atypical antipsychotic use in the elderly
Drug Pricing Lab 05/31/2022
Evaluating Industry’s Drug Pricing Claims
A closer look at three of PhRMA’s most cited talking points.
Drug Pricing Lab 11/18/2021
Mapping conflict of interests: scoping review
A scoping review of the literature to identify all known ties between the medical product industry and the parties and activities in the healthcare ecosystem.
Drug Pricing Lab 11/03/2021
Production Plus Profit Pricing (P-quad) FAQ
What A Waste! The National Academy Of Medicine’s Report On…
Why Congress should not follow the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s recommendation to remove the JW modifier.
Health Affairs Blog 07/09/2021
Medicare Must Study Unproven, Expensive Alzheimer’s Drug
Medicare cannot indiscriminately cover the cost of Aduhelm for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease without first evaluating whether it truly works.
Bloomberg Opinion 06/15/2021

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