Tag Archives: Comparative Effectiveness

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Recent Congressional hearings focusing on health policy topics include the following: House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on HHS cybersecurity responsibilities, Medicare and Medicaid program integrity, the Administration’s proposed Medicare Part B drug payment model, and patient-focused health insurance reforms. House Ways and Means Committee hearings on implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization … Continue Reading

MedPAC Meeting to Address Various Medicare Payment Policies (March 6-7)

On March 6-7, 2014, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is meeting to discuss a number of Medicare payment and policy issues, including: site-neutral payments for select conditions treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities; developing payment policies to promote the use of services based on clinical evidence; measuring quality in Medicare delivery … Continue Reading

PCORI Comparative Effectiveness Data Infrastructure Event (April 23)

On April 23, 2013, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is hosting a roundtable discussion on “Building a National Data Infrastructure to Advance Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research.” The event will focus on the challenges and opportunities in creating such a research infrastructure and how PCORI’s investments can provide unique value. The registration deadline is April … Continue Reading

PCORI Seeking Nominations for Advisory Panels

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was established by the ACA to support federal comparative effectiveness research efforts. PCORI is seeking nominees for four new advisory panels to make non-binding recommendations to assist PCORI in identifying research priorities and refining its agenda. The advisory panels will focus on addressing disparities; assessing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment … Continue Reading

PCORI Workshops on Research Topic Selection

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced a series of workshops intended to obtain input from patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders on PCORI’s draft process for generating and selecting specific research topics: On October 27-28, PCORI will host a workshop on “Transforming Patient- Centered Research: Building Partnerships and Promising Models,” focusing on the patient’s … Continue Reading

PCORI Seeks Comments on Draft Outcomes Research Methodology Standards

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking comments on its draft Methodology Report, proposing standards for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research.  The report covers, among other things, the rationale for standards for patient-centeredness, prioritizing topics for research; choosing a study design; and for designing, conducting, and reporting research (including standards for adaptive and … Continue Reading

PCORI Announces ACA Comparative Effectiveness Funding

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board (PCORI), which was established by the ACA, has announced that it is seeking applicants for $120 million in funding for comparative effectiveness research projects involving: (1) Assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options; (2) improving healthcare systems; (3) communication and dissemination; and (4) addressing disparities.… Continue Reading

AHRQ Symposium on Comparative Effectiveness Research (June 12-13)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program is sponsoring a symposium/webcast on original research methods for comparative effectiveness (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in Rockville, Maryland on June 12 and 13, 2012.  AHRQ is inviting the submission of papers, presentations, and abstracts for the symposium, titled “From Efficacy to … Continue Reading

PCORI Issues Draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda

On January 23, 2011, the ACA’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) released its first draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, which will be used to guide funding announcements for comparative clinical effectiveness research. The proposed national priorities for research are as follows: Comparative Assessments of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options — determining which … Continue Reading

PCORI Seeks Comments on Topics for Pilot Project Grants

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the ACA, is seeking public feedback on eight initial topics for a series of “Tier 1” pilot projects. The pilot projects are intended to help PCORI set national priorities for research, support the development of novel methods or collection of preliminary data that can advance patient-centered … Continue Reading

PCORI Proposes Definition of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established by the ACA, is seeking public comment on its working definition of “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research” (PCOR) to help focus the panel’s comparative effectiveness efforts. Under the working definition, PCOR “helps people make informed health care decisions and allows their voice to be heard in assessing the value of health … Continue Reading

GAO Details Recovery Act Comparative Effectiveness Research Grants

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report entitled "HHS Research Awards: Use of Recovery Act and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Funds for Comparative Effectiveness Research." The report includes a more than 40-page listing of all comparative effectiveness research grants issued under the Recovery Act, including the entities that have received funding … Continue Reading

PCORI Executive Director Appointed

On May 16, 2011, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) — created by the ACA to spearhead federal comparative effectiveness research — announced the selection of Joe V. Selby, M.D., M.P.H., as the first PCORI executive director.   Dr. Selby is a family physician, clinical epidemiologist and health services researcher.  … Continue Reading

PCORI Meetings Underway

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has begun to meet to discuss its strategy for comparative effectiveness research under the ACA. Several reports also have been posted to the PCORI website, including a Program Development Committee report that highlights planned actions, such as an environmental scan of current comparative effectiveness research initiatives and "tier 1" planning … Continue Reading

IOM Issues Comparative Effectiveness Standards Reports

The Institute of Medicine has issued two reports mandated by the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act that are designed to enhance the quality and reliability of clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews of the evidence base for health care services. In “Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust,” the IOM recommends eight standards intended … Continue Reading

PCORI Methodology Committee Members Named

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced the appointment of 15 members to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  The Committee is charged with helping PCORI develop methodological standards and guidance for comparative clinical effectiveness research.  … Continue Reading

NIH/AHRQ Conference on Methodological Challenges in Comparative Effectiveness Research (Dec. 2-3, 2010)

On December 2-3, 2010, the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are co-sponsoring a conference on “Methodological Challenges in Comparative Effectiveness Research.”  The meeting will explore new methodologic, design and evidentiary approaches that can help “ensure the credibility, validity and reliability of applicable research findings to a diverse population, … Continue Reading

AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Web Conference (Oct. 12)

On October 12, 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a free web conference on “Integrating Comparative Effectiveness Research into Everyday Practice.” The conference will feature presentations on the “Role of CER in Health Care Improvement,” “AHRQ’s Existing CER Resources on Diabetes and Cardiac Conditions,” and “Examples of Incorporating CER Into … Continue Reading

Memorandum of Understanding Between FDA and CMS

This post was written by Paul Sheives and Areta Kupchyk. The FDA and CMS have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effective June 25, 2010, to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge and efficiency by sharing information and expertise. In particular, the MOU highlights the agencies’ “common needs for evaluating the safety, efficacy, utilization, coverage, payment, … Continue Reading

Comparative Effectiveness Research Inventory

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has published a notice seeking comments on the development of a national inventory of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and CER-related information. Comments should focus on appropriate resources and approaches for developing the CER Inventory, including sources of CER, ways to encourage participation, categorizing content, … Continue Reading

GAO Seeks Nominees for Panels on Comparative Effectiveness and Health Care Workforce

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is seeking nominations for the ACA’s Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Governing Board, which is charged with identifying national priorities for comparative effectiveness research.  Likewise, the GAO is seeking nominations for the National Health Care Workforce Commission, also established by the ACA.  Nominations for both panels are due June 30, … Continue Reading

Comparative Effectiveness Grant Opportunity

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program is soliciting applications for a total of $100 million in Recovery Act funding for AHRQ Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness Grants. The purpose of the grants is to conduct large projects in comparative effectiveness aimed at generating new knowledge to help … Continue Reading

Updating Comparative Effectiveness Reviews

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program has issued two reports that examine when AHRQ should update comparative effectiveness reviews (CERs). The first document is a draft research review on “Updating Comparative Effectiveness Reviews”. This guidance sets forth a framework for identifying new evidence or evidence not considered in a previous CER, … Continue Reading