Mr. Coelho continued, “The most important stakeholder in health care is the patient. This bill provides a sound framework for independent, sustained, and objective research that is focused on the needs of patients. By creating an independent research institute – outside of the government – and including significant patient safeguards, the CER provisions will ensure that relevant, credible data is available to patients and their healthcare providers, and help ensure that information is used to inform treatment options, not limit them.”
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions to ensure that CER is used to benefit the needs of patients. It would create an independent institute governed by patients, providers, government officials and other stakeholders and it further strengthens safeguards to protect patient access to the treatment options they need. The compromise bill also incorporates language, authored by Senator Mikulski, that ensures this information is disseminated in a manner that is understood by patients. It expands patient safeguards, including a focus on clinical effectiveness research, not cost-effectiveness; and includes safeguards to ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not misuse CER results in ways that overlook differences in patient needs or discriminate against the elderly or people with disabilities.
The Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) was formed in November 2008 to support new comparative effectiveness research proposals that are centered on patient and provider needs; raise awareness about the value of well-designed CER; and promote the important role of continued medical innovation as part of the solution to cost and quality challenges in health care. PIPC members include a wide range of healthcare organizations representing patient, provider and industry advocacy groups.