WASHINGTONIn an agreement negotiated by the National Institutes
of Health and the American Association of Health Plans, the
association says it will encourage its members to reimburse the
routine patient-care costs associated with NIH-sponsored clinical
trials, provided those costs are not substantially higher than the
costs a plan would incur in the course of standard treatment.
The agreement has been reported in The New York Times, but has
not been officially announced.