1. PIPC Annual Forum on November 5, click here for details.
2. Pink Sheet: Making CER Findings Relevant Requires Putting Results in Context, click here to view the article (subscription only).
3. The Incidental Economist: We'll Soon Be Buried in Patient Decision Aids, click here to view the article.
4. KevinMD: Clinicians Do Not Have the Luxury to Not Care about Costs, click here to view the article.
5. Two Million-Dollar Studies Target Heart Health via Health IT, click here to view the article.
The 2013 Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) Annual Forum will be hosted on Tuesday, November 5 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington DC, including a panel representing the National Health Council, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and stakeholders. Click here for details.
2. Pink Sheet: Making CER Findings Relevant Requires Putting Results in Context
Gregory Twachtman of The Pink Sheet writes, “As PCORI continues its work on dissemination and implementation, the National Health Council and Avalere Health issued a white paper on Sept. 26 that offered a top-level framework that can be used to determine the usability of CER. The white paper, Evaluating the Usability of CER for Patient and Provider Decision Making, evolved from an invitation-only stakeholder roundtable convened by the NHC and Avalere in July 2013, including representation from PCORI, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a number of individual pharma company representatives, AHRQ, the National Pharmaceutical Council, America's Health Insurance Plans, patient advocacy groups and medical associations.” Click here to view the article (subscription only).
3. The Incidental Economist: We'll Soon Be Buried in Patient Decision Aids
In an article published in The Incidental Economist, Austin Frakt comments, “If every comparative effectiveness research (CER) project develops its own patient decision aid we'll have (a) a ton of decision aids of varying usefulness and in potential conflict and (b) relatively few decision aids that unify the findings of a body of work. Therefore, we need (a) some way to assess the quality of decision aids and (b) organizations that can integrate across many CER studies to produce more robust and trusted ones.” Click here to view the article.
4. KevinMD: Clinicians Do Not Have the Luxury to Not Care about Costs
In a blog post on KevinMD.com, medical student and healthcare blogger Sarah Jorgenson comments, “We have a long way to go in delivering cost-conscious care that incorporates the patient's and the clinician's views. Evidence-based tools need to be developed for both the clinician and patient to be able to weigh the risks and benefits of a test, procedure or course of treatment, and conversations need to be started between clinician and patient about costs. Research is advancing in this area as we explore in greater detail why prices vary so much: implementing comparative effectiveness research, continuing consumer-driven health care efforts and piloting interventions to control health care costs, like holding health communities accountable for the care that they provide.” Click here to view the article.
5. Two Million-Dollar Studies Target Heart Health via Health IT
A recent article in EHR Intelligence reports, “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have each doled out millions of dollars to a handful of healthcare organizations and researchers to develop health information technology tools and services for treating heart disease. On Tuesday, researchers from Saint Luke's Mid American Heart Institute/University of Missouri-Kansas City were revealed to be the recipients of two research awards from PCORI with a combined value in excess of $3.5 million.” Click here to view the article.