1. PIPC White Paper: Stakeholder Perspectives on PCORI Implementation, click here to view the white paper, and here to view the Executive Summary.
2. PIPC Annual Forum – Join us on November 5, 2013! e-mail shea@PIPCpatients.org to RSVP.
3. Transcript: PCORI Board of Governors Meeting – September 2013, click here for a transcript of the meeting.
4. PCORI and AHRQ Partner on Request for Applications to Study Treatments for Uterine Fibroids, click here to view the press release, and here to view the RFA
5. Federal Register: Vacancy on PCORI Board of Governors, click here to view the announcement in the Federal Register.
6. Inside Health Policy: PCORI Plans Grants for Patient-Centered Research Proposals, click here to view the article (subscription only).
7. The Hospitalist: Agency Funding for Healthcare Research Could Benefit Hospital Medicine, click here to view the article.
8. Hospital Blog: Beyond the Exchanges, click here to view the article.
The Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) today released a detailed analysis of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) three years since its creation under the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of the analysis was to assess PCORI’s progress in meeting its statutory mandate to prioritize, conduct, and communicate patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). The White Paper found the Institute has made significant progress in achieving its mandate of patient-centered outcomes research. The paper also identified several gaps where PCORI should take additional steps to fulfill its mission. Click here to view the press release, including comments from PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho.
PIPC’s analysis of PCORI’s progress resulted in following recommendations: (1) PCORI should embrace the expertise of specific patient and provider communities to identify research priorities, to be partners in research, and to develop dissemination strategies for research relevant to their needs. (2) PCORI should establish meaningful, specific national research priorities, and “enter into contracts for the management of funding and conduct of research” per its authorizing statute. (3) PCORI should create expert advisory panels that have a depth of expertise on the specific topic that will be developed into a targeted funding announcement to ensure that the resulting research is useful to patients and their providers. (4) PCORI’s Methodology Committee should focus its work on the activities mandated by its authorizing statute, to develop methodological standards for research and a translation table. (5) PCORI should continue its efforts to develop improved strategies for dissemination and communication of research findings, in consultation with patients, providers and other stakeholders. (6) PCORI should adopt an evaluation model that looks critically at the impact of PCORI’s stakeholder engagement and other activities on its mission to be truly patient-centered, and should also develop criteria for self-evaluation. Click here to view the white paper, and here to view the Executive Summary.
2. PIPC Annual Forum - Join Us on November 5, 2013!
On November 5, at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington D.C., PIPC’s 4th Annual Forum will explore how comparative effectiveness research (CER) entities can change the culture of research to be more patient-centered, and therefore generate research findings that improve health care decision-making. We will explore the progress of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in engaging patients and their providers to identify research priorities, discuss patient-centered dissemination strategies, and explore the application of usability criteria throughout the research process to ensure that investments in research lead to information that patients can use to improve their health. To RSVP to this event, e-mail shea@PIPCpatients.org.
3. Transcript: PCORI Board of Governors Meeting – September 2013
The PCORI Board of Governors met on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Among the topics deliberated at the meeting, Board members discussed the breadth of advisory panels, noting that the purpose expressed in statute for advisory panels was to capture the expertise of patients and providers on specific research projects and priorities. The Board also focused on preventing duplication in PCORI's work with work already being conducted by the PCORI Methodology Committee or other government agencies. Further, there was significant support for a shift from broad funding announcements to targeted funding announcements, and support for a process by which research questions are being accurately identified as the questions that reflect the needs of patients and providers at the point of care.
PIPC Executive Director Sara van Geertruyden highlighted to the Board during the comment period the recommendations provided to PCORI by a roundtable of people with disabilities. She emphasized that the real opportunity at PCORI is bringing together patients, providers, and caregivers to harness the gaps in knowledge they are seeking at the point of care, and changing the culture of research so that they are accountable for developing research projects out of the research needs identified by patients and providers. Click here for a complete transcript of the meeting.
4. PCORI and AHRQ Partner on Request for Applications to Study Treatments for Uterine Fibroids
According to a recent press release, “PCORI and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have partnered on the release of a Request for Applications (RFA) for research designed to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for uterine fibroids and to better understand patient preference in informing treatment decisions. PCORI will commit up to $20 million to develop a geographically diverse registry of women who have been treated for uterine fibroids and fund studies of the comparative effectiveness of medical and surgical therapies using data from this registry. AHRQ will administer the application process to identify an awardee who will receive up to $4 million per year for up to five years to build the registry and conduct the research.” Click here to view the press release, and here to view the RFA.
5. Federal Register: Vacancy on PCORI Board of Governors
As published last week in the Federal Register, “The Affordable Care Act gave the Comptroller General of the United States responsibility for appointing 19 members to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and for filling vacancies that may occur. Board members must meet the qualifications listed in Section 6301 of the Act. Due to the resignation of a physician representative on the board, I am announcing the following: letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted by November 15, 2013 to ensure adequate opportunity for review and consideration of nominees prior to appointment.” Nominations can be submitted to PCORI@gao.gov. Click here to view the announcement in the Federal Register.
6. Inside Health Policy: PCORI Plans Grants for Patient-Centered Research Proposals
Inside Health Policy reported last week, “The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is launching a pilot program to help individuals and groups who are not usual candidates for research funding develop proposals for clinical comparative effectiveness research. PCORI expects to announce 25 recipients on Dec. 15 and funding opportunities for other states early next year.” Click here to view the article (subscription only), and here for additional information on PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards
7. The Hospitalist: Agency Funding for Healthcare Research Could Benefit Hospital Medicine
Richard Quinn of The Hospitalist reports, “Question: What should hospitalists know about PCORI? David O. Meltzer, MD, PhD, MHM: PCORI is focused on figuring out how to improve the effectiveness of healthcare, and it is placing a strong emphasis on the importance of engaging patients and other stakeholders in that process. Also, PCORI is trying to ensure that research recognizes the potential differences between patient subgroups, and even individual patients, to the maximum degree possible.” Click here to view the article.
8. Hospital Blog: Beyond the Exchanges
Reporting for Hospitals & Health Networks, Matthew Weinstock writes “Through the Pipeline to Proposal Awards, [PCORI] leaders ‘recognize that it can be difficult for patients and other health care stakeholders to develop partnerships and to get involved in research. This funding opportunity is available to individual or small groups of patients, other stakeholders, and researchers who have an idea for a potential research project but need assistance and guidance to build it.’” Click here to view the article.