1. PIPC Steering Member, Andrew Sperling, Participates in PCORI Workgroup on Mental Health, see details below.
2. PCORI Board to Vote on Proposed Funding Awards During Tomorrow’s Meeting, click here to view the press release.
3. PCORI Announces “Evaluation Group” to Measure Usefulness of Studies, click here to view the blog post.
4. PCORI Solicits Applicants for New Advisory Panels, click here for information on the application process
5. PCORI Blog: An Update on Funding Cycles, Resubmission Policy, Review Process, and More, click here to view the blog post.
6. MedPage Today: ACA Prognosis, click here to view the article.
Last Friday, PCORI’s Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS) program convened a multi-disciplinary workgroup to discuss Integration of Mental Health Care and Primary Care. This meeting aimed to identify unanswered questions that are important to patients and other stakeholders when bringing together two oft-separated essential health practices. Andrew Sperling of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as PIPC Steering Committee member, participated in the event. The materials presented at Friday’s meeting are included below:
2. PCORI Board to Vote on Proposed Funding Awards During Tomorrow’s Meeting
According to a recent press release, “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors will hold a public teleconference and webinar from noon-1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 17, to consider three slates of awardees for funding approval:
•The individual health data networks that together will create a new National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network to facilitate faster, more efficient studies;
•Selected projects responding to Treatment Options for African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos with Uncontrolled Asthma, PCORI’s first targeted funding announcement; and
•Selected projects responding to funding announcements issued in August under PCORI’s five National Priorities for Research.
Click here to view the press release.
3. PCORI Announces “Evaluation Group” to Measure Usefulness of Studies
Dr. Laura Forsythe, a Program Officer in PCORI’s Research Integration and Evaluation Program, and Ms. Michele Orza, the Senior Advisor to PCORI’s Executive Director, recently announced the creation of a “PCORI Evaluation Group” on The PCORI Blog. The authors comment, “As proponents of evidence-based practice, we're eager to find out the extent to which this research leads to more-useful healthcare information. So we're pleased to announce the formation of the PCORI Evaluation Group, a task force that will advise PCORI on how best to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of our work, from the usefulness of the studies we fund, to the extent to which the findings from these studies affect health decisions. The task force includes members of our Board of Governors and Methodology Committee, PCORI staff, and four external advisors selected based on their expertise in specific areas of evaluation research.” Click here to view the blog post.
4. PCORI Solicits Applicants for New Advisory Panels
PCORI recently announced that the Institute is now soliciting applicants for two new Advisory Panels – one on rare disease, the other on clinical trials. These panels, approved by the PCORI Board of Governors last month, join four others established earlier this year. Dr. Bryan Luce, PCORI’s Chief Science Officer, comments on The PCORI Blog, “The first members of our two new panels will be appointed to staggered two-year terms, with the possibility of reappointment for one additional term… Anyone with appropriate experience and expertise is invited to apply for any of these open positions… Applications for both new panels, and for the openings on our two established panels, are due January 10.” Click here for information on the application process, and here to view the blog post.
5. PCORI Blog: An Update on Funding Cycles, Resubmission Policy, Review Process, and More
Scott Solomon, PCORI’s Director of Contracts Management, and James Hulbert, PCORI’s Pre-Award Manger, recently reviewed PCORI’s funding cycles, resubmission policy, and review process on The PCORI Blog. The authors write, “To accommodate our steadily growing portfolio of patient-centered outcomes research, we are moving from three rounds of funding per year to four, corresponding to the four seasons...We've also updated our policy to eliminate restrictions on when or how often an application can be resubmitted...In addition, as part of our new funding calendar, we're decreasing the time between when applications are due and when they are reviewed. Beginning with our Spring 2014 cycle, merit reviews will take place approximately 90 days after the application deadline.” Click here to view the blog post.
6. MedPage Today: ACA Prognosis
In an article published on MedPage Today on the progress of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), University of Pittsburgh Professor Everette James is quotes as saying, “The response of the provider and research community to the ACA has clearly been one of the law's bright spots… The ACA's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is spawning a new era of effectiveness research, which, when coupled with advancements in personalized medicine, could lead to a dramatic reduction of wasted treatment, lower costs, and a more precise healthcare delivery system.” Click here to view the article.