The article quoted AMA's letter as echoing concern with the potential inclusion of cost-based research in the definition:
“We do have questions concerning the last component of the definition that provides that PCOR: '[i]nvestigates (or may investigate) optimizing outcomes while addressing burden to individuals, resources, and other stakeholder perspectives.'”
The AMA was responding to the last line of the definition that says that PCOR seeks to optimize “outcomes while addressing burden to individuals, resources, and other stakeholder perspectives,” which the AMA believes could be construed as using CER as a cost-cutting mechanism.
In response to this letter, Inside Health Policy talked with the chairman of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care, Tony Coelho. Coelho said he believed PCORI Board Chairman Eugene Washington and Executive Director Joe Selby have every intention to ensure that PCORI research does not expand into cost-based research, and strongly agreed with the AMA that PCORI should make this clear in its research definition.
PIPC also submitted comments to PCORI this week elaborating on this point and recommending additional changes in the draft definition.