1. PIPC's 5th Annual Forum Nov. 19: Building a Patient-Centered Health System, click here for details and here to RSVP
2. PIPC Attends PCORI Workshop Highlighting HCV Research Questions, click here to view PIPC’s recommendations and here to view the Inside Health Policy article (subscription required).
3. PIPC Member, Alliance for Aging Research, Hosts Webinar on Safe Medication Storage, click here to register.
4. The American Journal of Managed Care: New Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Care, click here to view the full article.
5. PCORI Updates: Engagement Awards Program, GAO Seeks Nominees for Methodology Committee, click here to view details and click here to view the announcement.
6. OHRP Issues Standard-of-Care Draft Guidance, click here to view the guidance.
On Tuesday, November 19, 2014, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) will hold our fifth annual forum, entitled “Building a Patient-Centered Health System.” We anticipate a lively discussion on the translation of patient-centered outcomes research to practice. Chairman Coelho will also moderate a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for alternative payment models such as Accountable Care Organizations and patient-centered medical homes to support patient-centered strategies for translating evidence to practice. Invited panelists include Ms. Sue Sheridan from PCORI, Dr. Tanisha Carino from Avalere, Ms. Sally Okun from PatientsLikeMe, Dr. Kristin Carman from AIR, and Dr. Kavita Patel from Brookings Institute. Click here to RSVP.
2. PIPC Attends PCORI Workshop Highlighting HCV Research Questions
Recently, PCORI held a workshop convening more than 40 stakeholders to propose and rank potential comparative clinical effectiveness research questions related to Hepatitis C (HCV). This meeting followed a PIPC Roundtable in May, 2014, of experts to discuss current challenges to and potential solutions for the appropriate dissemination and implementation of clinical evidence for hepatitis. As a result of the Roundtable, PIPC put together recommendations for PCORI research on hepatitis C that focus on screening and health system improvements.
Reporting on the recent PCORI workshop, Inside Health Policy notes that participants at the meeting “struggled to avoid talking about cost” despite the Institute’s statutory mandate to avoid analysis of economic outcomes. “Much of the debate at the meeting was over whether research is needed at all,” the article states. “Some participants, especially patient advocates, questioned the wisdom of spending limited PCORI funding for comparative-effectiveness studies on drugs that cure nearly everyone with few side effects.” Click here to view the article (subscription required).
3. PIPC Member, Alliance for Aging Research, Hosts Webinar on Safe Medication Storage
On Tuesday, November 4th, the Alliance for Aging Research is hosting a webcast focused on medicine storage education specifically for seniors and the communities who serve them. “The webcast aims to inform and engage collaborators and stakeholders in the senior health/aging space around the issue of safe medicine storage and disposal, both to keep young grandchildren safe from accidental medicine poisoning and abuse, and to protect curious teens from accessible medicines that can be abused. Tips for medicine adherence will also be addressed.” The presentation starts at 12:30pm, click here to register.
4. The American Journal of Managed Care: New Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Care
Laura Joszt reported last week in The American Journal of Managed Care, “Patient-centered care has been getting a lot of attention as the healthcare industry focuses on the Triple Aim of delivering better health outcomes, improving patient experience, and reducing the cost of care. In that vein, the Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation recently released 6 guiding principles of patient-centered care. The principles were created by the Sullivan Institute's Patient Experience Council.” Click here to view the full article.
5. PCORI Updates: Engagement Awards Program and GAO Seeks Nominees for Methodology Committee
In two press statements last week, PCORI announced upcoming funding and the search for a new Methodology committee member. The "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will award up to $15.5 million in 2014 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program for projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise." Click here to view details.
And regarding the nominee search, "The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting applications to fill a seat on PCORI's Methodology Committee. GAO seeks nominees with expertise in health informatics, developing data networks, and decision support. Visit the announcement for information on how to submit applications by the Nov. 17 deadline.” Click here to view the announcement.
6. OHRP Issues Standard-of-Care Draft Guidance
On Friday, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) released a highly anticipated draft guidance on the use of standard-of-care interventions. The draft guidance was developed in response to controversy surrounding a study of premature infants who were given varying levels of oxygen therapy, all within the standard of care, to determine whether there were any differences in adverse effects. According to the notice, “For comparative effectiveness or standard of care research, OHRP's general position is that the reasonably foreseeable risks of research include already-identified risks of the standards of care being evaluated as a purpose of the research when the risks being evaluated are different from the risks subjects would be exposed to outside of the study. This guidance addresses these issues in the form of frequently asked questions.” OHRP said it will consider comments received before issuing the final guidance document. Comments are due Dec. 22. Click here to view the guidance.