1. Upcoming PCORI Events, click here for the Board of Governors Teleconference, here for the Latino Roundtable, and here for PCORI at Academy Health.
2. Selby: PCORI's Cycle II Awards: Another Big Step Toward Answering the Questions that Matter Most to Patients, click here to view the blog post.
3. PCORI Blog: How PCORI's Research Agenda is Addressing Men's Health Issues, click here to view the post.
4. PIPC Chairman Highlighted in San Jose Mercury News Article on Kaiser Research Methods, click here to view the article.
5. Health Care's Overlooked Cost Factor, click here to view the article.
6. Modern Healthcare: PCORI Seeks the Wisdom of Crowds, click here to view the article (subscription only).
7. Center for American Progress: Reducing the Cost of Defensive Medicine, click here to view the report.
Special Board of Governors Teleconference/Webinar on Uterine Fibroids Targeted Funding Announcement June 18, 2013 12:00PM - 1:00PM (ET) Click here to view the event information. PCORI: Latino Roundtable July 23, 2013 9:00AM - 3:00PM (ET) 1828 L Street, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036 Click here to view the event information.PCORI at Academy Health June 23 - 25, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center Click here to view the event information.
2. Selby: PCORI's Cycle II Awards: Another Big Step Toward Answering the Questions that Matter Most to Patients
PCORI’s Executive Director Joe Selby and Director of Contracts Management Martin Dueñas recently commented on the PCORI Blog, “The 51 projects we selected – totaling $88.6 million – amounts to more than double what we funded in our first cycle late last year. It is a substantial boost for our growing portfolio of patient-centered outcomes research studies designed to answer questions faced by patients and other healthcare decision makers. It indicates to us that applicants are understanding better our requirements for patient-centeredness and appropriate engagement of patients and other stakeholders in their work.” Click here to view the blog post.
3. PCORI Blog: How PCORI's Research Agenda is Addressing Men's Health Issues
PCORI’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Officer for Engagement, Dr. Anne Beal, said in a recent post on the PCORI Blog, “Providing people the information they need to determine whether a particular type screening is right for them is one important way we are supporting men's health. A PCORI Pilot Project being conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts is exploring how people interpret preventive screening guidelines and then assessing methods to help them determine whether they should undergo certain tests.” Click here to view the post.
4. PIPC Chairman Highlighted in San Jose Mercury News Article on Kaiser Research Methods
The San Jose Mercury News reports, “The 68-year-old Oakland resident, who is recovering from surgery, can thank an emerging field known as "comparative effectiveness research." It's an idea that sounds so obvious it's hard to believe it isn't already routine: Rather than simply analyzing whether a drug or treatment method works, researchers compare options to determine which ones do the best job for patients. Many experts say the approach has such potential to transform the U.S. health system.”
“…legislation discouraged the new institute from doing cost comparisons. That has erased many of the concerns initially raised by groups such as the Partnership to Improve Patient Care, a private organization formed in 2008 that includes representatives of drug manufacturers, device-makers and patient groups. Now the group's chairman, former Rep. Tony Coelho said he wants to make sure that patients are involved in the new institute's decision-making and that doctors and patients can understand the research findings.” Click here to view the article.
5. Health Care's Overlooked Cost Factor
Eduardo Porter of The New York Times reports “The Obama administration is betting heavily on waste control to address the problem. It has offered incentives for accountable care organizations, which get a bundled payment to keep a patient in good health rather than charge for individual procedures. It has financed research into comparative effectiveness — hoping to steer patients to the best therapies.” Click here to view the article.
6. Modern Healthcare: PCORI Seeks the Wisdom of Crowds
Maureen McKinney writes in Modern Healthcare, “A team of researchers from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has been tapped by PCORI to scale up their prototype of a Web-based crowd-sourcing platform [which] works like this: A person has an idea for a research project and records a video explaining what that idea is. WellSpringboard posts the video on its site, sets a goal for funding and then spreads the word about the project using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Once the funding target is reached, the project is opened up to researchers, who post their profiles to the site and whose applications are reviewed by a board of scientists and members of the public. The $40,000 award from PCORI will be used to ready the platform for a full-scale launch, ideally sometime in the next 12 months.” Click here to view the article (subscription only).
7. Center for American Progress: Reducing the Cost of Defensive Medicine
Zeke Emanuel, Topher Spiro, and Maura Calsyn of The Center for American Progress comment, “A major cost of guideline development is systematic reviews of existing medical research. Substantial federal funding is available for such reviews by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI. PCORI should prioritize such reviews and make them available to physician organizations, which can then use them for guideline development. Priority should be given to specialty areas in which defensive medicine, practice variation, and medical errors are prevalent.” Click here to view the report.