UVMHN - CVMC Rheumatologist Teresa Fama, MD Named Chair of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council

Release Date: 
May 20, 2015

Teresa Fama, MD

Berlin, VT -- The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is an independent non-profit health care research organization dedicated to improving the interpretation and application of evidence in the health care system. The New England Comparative Effectiveness Advisory Council (CEPAC) is one of ICER’s two core programs. CEPAC’s purpose is to aid patients, physicians and policymakers in New England in the application and use of comparative effectiveness information to improve the quality and value of healthcare in the region. CEPAC is tasked with aiding in the interpretation and dissemination of comparative effectiveness information. The mission is to produce actionable information to aid regional policymakers in the medical policy decision-making process.

Dr. Teresa Fama has been named chair of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.  “My participation in the Council provides the opportunity for me to participate in helping to improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment for many including my own patients here in central Vermont.” 

She points to the individual Action Guides which became available in February 2015 to accompany the New England CEPAC report on management options for patients with type 2 diabetes. These three separate guides distill the key findings of the report and provide action steps for patients, clinicians, and payers to implement evidence-based practices in managing type 2 diabetes. To access the “Next Steps for Patients” Action Guide go to http://cepac.icer-review.org/adaptations/diabetes/ and click on Next Steps for Patients or visit UVMHealth.org/CVMC where a link to Next Steps for Patients will be posted on the Rheumatology medical group practice page  and on the Nutrition and Diabetes Counseling page.

The Action Guide provides practical advice including tips for healthier eating, starting an exercise program and managing your diabetes plus links to more information on diabetes medications and saving money on medications. 

Dr. Fama practices with Dr. Kevin Kerin at University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center Rheumatology offices located on the second floor of Building B on the UVMHN – CVMC campus in Berlin, Vermont. Appointments are by referral – consult with your primary care provider.