New Health Agency Asks Public “Who Are We?”

By Bara Vaida – Kaiser Health News: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, one of the new entities created by the 2010 health law, asked the public last week to help them define the organization’s mission. The move follows the controversy that arose around comparative effectiveness and health care rationing during the 2009 health care debate, which led […]

Comments to PCORI on COI Policy

Association of Clinical Research Organizations: Comments before the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board on July 18, 2011 Thank you for the opportunity to comment today. I am John Lewis, vice president of public affairs with the Association of Clinical Research Organizations.  ACRO members conduct the majority of clinical trials globally. Last year, for instance, our […]

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Public Input by August 31

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute” WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 1, 2011) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking public feedback on eight initial topics for a series of “Tier 1” pilot projects that will assist PCORI in establishing national priorities for research, support the development of novel methods or the collection of preliminary data that […]

New Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Announces Application Process for Tier One Pilot Project Grants

Clinical & Translational Science At University of California, San Francisco: UCSF Proposal for Applications (PFA) for its Tier One Pilot Grants will be released in September 2011. PCORI will require Letters of Intent, due in November, with full applications due in December. PCORI anticipates that funded projects will contribute to establishing its national priorities and […]

Medicare’s Payments to Physicians: The Budgetary Impact of Alternative Policies

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that, under current law, payment rates for physician services will be reduced by 29.4 percent in 2012. That large reduction called for under current law follows several years of legislative action to either maintain or increase physician payment rates under the Medicare program when those rates were otherwise scheduled […]

Fixing Medicare’s Physician Payment System

Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D. –  New England Journal of Medicine: Now that Congress has completed the epochal, exhausting, and contentious task of enacting comprehensive health care reform, it must confront another health care issue that is perhaps even more politically difficult: reform of Medicare’s physician payment system. On April 15, Congress voted to postpone a […]

Medicare Physician Payment Updates and the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) System

Jim Hahn – Analyst in Health Care Financing, Congressional Research Service: Each year since 2002, the statutory method for determining the annual updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule, known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR) system, has resulted in a reduction in the reimbursement rates (or a “negative update”). With the exception of 2002, when a […]

Large Pay Cut For Doctors By Medicare And Medicaid Services

Medical News Today: A long awaited cut in physician pay has been proposed by the CMS (Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services) in its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in calendar year 2012. The CMS has been told to base its fee schedule on current payment rules, which effectively means a 29.5% drop in reimbursements starting in 2012 – […]

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