Contact: Sara van Geertruyden, (202) 688-0226, sara@PIPCpatients.org
Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2016) – The Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC)—whose members include organizations representing patients, people with disabilities and other stakeholders—today released a public opinion poll regarding healthcare delivery and access in America. The survey, which builds on prior surveys conducted by PIPC in 2013 and 2015, shows that of nearly 2,000 registered voters polled by Morning Consult, 8 in 10 say that doctors and patients should be able to decide the best course of treatment without government interference and that Medicare reforms should move toward patient-centered health care by giving physicians and patients the support they need to choose the best care for them.
This survey follows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently proposed new Part B Drug Payment Model, calling for government-determined centralized value determinations based upon comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analyses. Consistent with the poll’s findings, PIPC is strongly opposed to putting CMS in the position of deciding value on behalf of patients, which would create substantial new barriers to patient access, and undermine the movement toward patient-centered healthcare. Indeed, the survey finds that 7 in 10 voters oppose allowing CMS to determine what is valuable for patients based on an average.
The survey demonstrates that voters resoundingly reject the main tenets of the CMS proposal.
Additional key findings include:
- 9 in 10 voters agree that health care decisions should be made between doctors and patients
- 6 in 10 voters oppose government efforts to set national protocols for medical care to promote mindful prescribing by physicians for Medicare patients
- 2 in 3 voters do not think the government should try to save money by setting preferred courses of treatment for diseases
- More than 6 in 10 voters oppose government deciding when drugs are similar on average in order to give prescribers incentives to use certain drugs
Finally, 86 percent of voters think it is important to maintain the current Medicare safeguard that prohibits the government from using cost-effectiveness in making coverage or payment decisions because it may discriminate against seniors and people with disabilities.
PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho stated, “This survey highlights the importance of PIPC’s long-standing efforts to support patient-centered approaches to comparative effectiveness research and payment and delivery reform, and strong concern with the one-size-fits-all approach taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its March 8 proposed rule. PIPC has worked too hard and too long to give patients a meaningful voice in health care decisions to go back to sidelining patients in their own care decisions; we urge CMS to withdraw this proposed rule and instead embrace solutions that will put patients at the center of value.”
- Full survey results can be viewed here.
- Additional background on the proposed rule is available here.
- To view PIPC's recent poll on patient access and patient-centered care, click here.
- For patients interested in contacting their Member of Congress, click here.
- For organizations interested in joining PIPC’s sign-on letter, click here.
Since its founding, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) has been at the forefront of patient-centeredness in comparative effectiveness research (CER) – both its generation at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and its translation into patient care. Having driven the concept of patient-centeredness in the conduct of research, PIPC looks forward to bringing the patient voice to the discussion of how to advance patient-centered principles throughout an evolving healthcare system.
PIPC's Steering Committee is comprised of the following organizations: the Alliance for Aging Research, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Clinical Research Organizations, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Easter Seals, the Epilepsy Foundation, the National Association for Hispanic Health, and PhRMA. PIPC can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter at @pipcpatients.