“Comparative effectiveness research is not about dictating what kind of care should be provided. It's about providing patients and doctors with the information they need to make the best medical decisions.
"PIPC believes that bipartisan consensus to achieve this goal is within our reach and we commend both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate HELP Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee for taking the time to engage in a robust discussion of this important issue during recent hearings and mark-up of health care reform legislation.
"We urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advance CER within the patient-centered framework established by Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) in their CER bills (S. 1213 and H.R. 2502).
"We also urge them to include strong patient safeguards in these bills to ensure that CER empowers patients and doctors with good information, and does not restrict access to appropriate medical care or impede their ability to select the tests and treatments that best meet the needs of the individual."
At an event sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform, Mr. Coelho highlighted the potential for CER to improve patient care, and emphasized the need for sound policy that centers on the needs of patients and providers and avoids misuse of CER in ways the deny patients' access to beneficial care.
Mr. Coelho said S. 1213 and H.R. 2502 offer a strong starting point for patient-centered CER and should be part of health care reform.
The Partnership to Improve Patient Care 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. Partnership members include a wide range of healthcare organizations representing patient, provider and industry advocacy groups.