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An NIH study of treatments for high blood pressure, called the ALLHAT trial, shows some of the strengths and limitations of comparative effectiveness research to improve patient care. More...
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Tomorrow PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho will participate in a panel discussion on comparative effectiveness research (CER) here in Washington, DC. With Congress back in session and healthcare reform taking center stage, PIPC is continuing to engage Members of Congress about the importance of patient-centered CER.
Recently the AARP announced its support of S. 1213, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Act – the same Senate CER bill that we at PIPC support.
From the AARP letter to Sens. Baucus and Conrad:
“[S. 1213] would create an independent Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and provide increased, stable funding to maintain our investment in research comparing the effectiveness of various treatments for given conditions.”
Last night, the president spoke to a joint session of Congress and the American people about health care reform.
During his remarks, he said that both the “left” and the “right” have ideas on how to improve our nation's health system. And he was right to say that we must come together to find common ground.
Despite recent media accounts, PIPC is decidedly not an "anti-reform" group. We are pro-reform, and we were established to promote sound, patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). PIPC's mission statement, adopted in 2008 when the Partnership was founded, states that PIPC is "dedicated to supporting CER that strengthens physician and patient decision making, improves health care quality, and supports continued medical progress."
Over the past few weeks, the health care debate has underscored the level of confusion that many people have about what is actually being proposed. This has certainly been the case for comparative effectiveness research, where there are a number of different proposals, and many descriptions of the effect these proposals would have on health care cost, quality and patient access to care.
Recently, PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho participated in a radio interview on KDKA News Radio 1020 AM in Pittsburgh, PA, to talk about healthcare reform and specifically comparative effectiveness research (CER).
“I really agree that we need to reform healthcare,” Coelho said. He then went on to discuss CER and the need to keep this research patient-centered.
The St. Petersburg Times ran an editorial Sunday about the good, the bad and the ugly in the debate over health care reform.
As the nation continues to focus on the health care debate, PIPC is maintaining its commitment to ensuring patient care – not cost – is the driving force behind new efforts to implement comparative effectiveness research (CER).
As Newsweek points out today, there’s a lot of information out there on health care reform. When it comes to comparative effectiveness research (CER), they rightfully state that “supporters of this type of research say it can provide valuable information to doctors, improving care and also lowering cost.”