On Thursday September 9, the Center on Health Care Effectiveness held its inaugural Issue Form: “Politics and Policy of Comparative Effectiveness: Looking Back, Looking Ahead” Â The forum examined: the creation of the new center at Mathematica, what is Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Â and how health care reform will influence the future of comparative effectiveness in the U.S. health care system. Health care reform included a major new initiative on comparative effectiveness research. The forum discussed four ongoing policy challenges relevant to the successful implementation of comparative effectiveness research: funding, appropriate use, direction, and scope.
Recent developments in Federal support for CER include:
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009Â provided $1.1 billion for CER
- Affordable Care Act
- Created the Patience Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund
- Has mandatory appropriations funding
- Sunsets September 2019
- Ends the Federal Coordinating Council for CER and creates the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
- PCORI is a private nonprofit cooperation with a board of governors
- The Board will have representation from AHRQ, NIH, and various stakeholder groups
For more information about Mathematica please visit their website: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/. Â For more information on the Center on Health Care Effectiveness and this issue forum click here. Â To view HFA’s Issue Brief on CER click here.