1. Join PCORI at the 2015 Annual Meeting – Scholarships to Cover Costs for Patient Orgs, click here to register for the event.
2. LAN: Join the Summit on October October 26! Click here to register.
3. CMS: Webinar on Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model, click here to register for the webinar, and here to learn more about the Model.
4. Video: Stuart Guterman Describes the Challenge of CMS' Move to Value-Based Payments, click here to view the video.
5. NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Offers New Perspectives on Clinical Research, click here to view.
According to a recent announcement, “the  PCORI Annual Meeting is now designated as a ‘Patients Included’ conference indicating that PCORI is offering a limited number of scholarships to cover travel, accommodations and registration for patients and caregivers and also to waive registration fees for patient and caregiver organizations… [individuals] are welcome to apply as well if you are a patient/caregiver or a representative from a patient/caregiver organization.” PCORI explains that “the two-and-a-half-day conference will update our stakeholder communities on the highlights of our research portfolio, including early results of completed studies and reviews of important work in progress. It also will convene current awardees to share lessons learned in their work and feature a series of ‘mini-summits’ on some of our high-profile initiatives. The meeting will open with a joint half-day session developed in collaboration with at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/Academy Health. The session will address key issues in how important new evidence clinical research can be most effectively disseminated to those who need the information and have it be taken up in practice.” Click here to register for the event.
2. LAN: Join the Summit on October 26!
PIPC Chairman Tony Coelho urges patients and other stakeholders to join the Health Care Payment and Learning Action Network at its Summit on October 26, 2015. The patient voice is needed to ensure that quality and value are measured based on outcomes that matter to patients. MITRE announced, "Registration is open here to join fellow innovators from health systems, health plans, consumer groups, large employers, and federal, state, and local governments who are designing or have implemented alternative payment models. At this first stakeholder event of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, you will meet LAN Guiding Committee members, hear updates from the APM Framework and Progress Tracking Work Group, and engage with fellow APM innovators. Go home with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully transition your organization to alternative payment models. Whether your organization is just beginning to explore APMs or has been running a high quality, high value payment model for years, this event will support you as you Engage, Learn, and Act!"
3. CMS: Webinar on Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to discuss the recently-announced Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 3:30pm EDT. Attendees will receive an overview of the model as well as an opportunity for questions and answers about the model. Click here to register for the webinar, and here to learn more about the Model.
The National Law Review reported that the "Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced that, beginning January 1, 2017, Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee will be permitted to offer what are known as “value-based insurance design” (“VBID”) plans.” Click here to view article.
4. Video: Stuart Guterman Describes the Challenge of CMS' Move to Value-Based Payments
In a recent video from The American Journal of Managed Care, AcademyHealth’s Stuart Guterman suggests that as CMS moves to value-based payments, having good measures of value that payers and providers trust will be critical. As he explains, “Although we've come a really long way in measuring the quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries and other patients, we still have a long way to go. We're still in the adolescence of that process. So it's a challenge when you're talking about moving a lot of payment to a value basis if you don't have complete confidence in your measures of value.” Click here to view the video.
5. NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Offers New Perspectives on Clinical Research
A special series of articles addressing the ethical and regulatory challenges to pragmatic clinical trials appears this week on the website of the journal Clinical Trials. The 12 articles were sponsored by the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory with additional support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and include authors drawn from the fields of clinical research and patient advocacy, as well as clinicians, bioethicists, and regulatory experts. Click here to view the Newswise article. Click here to view the series of articles.