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 Congress to add a provision into the health law limiting the institute’s mandate. Under the law, PCORI cannot produce research that mandates “practice guidelines, coverage recommendations, payment, or policy recommendations.” What PCORI should research was left vague enough that the group has spent much of its first year seeking a definition.

PCORI is an independent non-profit created to study the clinical effectiveness of different health treatments. Initial funds have been appropriated through the health law, and the group’sannual budget will rise from $50 million in 2010 to as much as $650 million by 2013.   READ FULL ARTICLE


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