Off to a Slow Start: PCORI Faces Challenges in Getting Established

Applied Policy:

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a new comparative effectiveness research board created by the health reform law, is said to be underspent, behind schedule and largely undefined, still searching for its niche less than one month away from ending its public comment period and opening up grant applications. Consumer advocates […]

From InsideHealthPolicy.com

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a new comparative effectiveness research board created by the health reform law, is said to be underspent, behind schedule and largely undefined, still searching for its niche less than one month away from ending its public comment period and opening up grant applications. Consumer advocates want PCORI to succeed while some industry insiders hope it withers on the vine. The board is believed by proponents and even some skeptics to have potential to save money in the long-run, but it’s expected to face challenges in getting established.

Jim Scott, president and CEO of the health policy and reimbursement consultancy firm Applied Policy, said PCORI is struggling in the early stages to find its relevance. “They haven’t been moving very quickly on their organizational structure and on defining what patient-centered outcomes research actually is,” said Scott. “They’ve underspent their budget and it would be surprising to me if they pick up the pace and have grants done by December. … They spend more time talking about what their research can’t be used for than what their research should be used for.” READ FULL ARTICLE

 

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