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System Transformation Intensifies Demand for Evidence: The Trust Conundrum

September 10, 2013  /  Comparative Effectiveness, Public Health

Although we have witnessed historic lows in the rate of growth of healthcare spending, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and secular trends have created fundamentally new dynamics in how providers, clinicians, and patients are exposed to the cost of care.  At the same time, specialty pharmaceuticals are the fastest growing sector in healthcare.  […]

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Kaiser Permanente research method has potential to transform US …

June 8, 2013  /  Comparative Effectiveness

Critics have complained that comparative effectiveness research could lead to health care rationing. But the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland with 550 employees has been doing it for decades to improve patient care and is considered a national leader

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New drugs trail many old ones in effectiveness against disease

June 3, 2013  /  Comparative Effectiveness

Research published on Monday showed that the effectiveness of new drugs, as measured by comparing the response of patients on those treatments to those taking a placebo, has plummeted since the 1970s.  If the new analysis is correct, then “comparative effectiveness research” could conclude that older drugs, which are more likely to be generics, are […]

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Comparative effectiveness research funds awarded

May 20, 2013  /  Comparative Effectiveness

A research group created by the Affordable Care Act has awarded 51 grantsto fund comparative effectiveness studies.

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Under Obamacare program, doctor visits would become data points

April 23, 2013  /  Comparative Effectiveness, Public Health

The Affordable Care Act created the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) to support comparative effectiveness research studies and the organization announced Tuesday that it would move forward on that mission-spending $68 million to fund a network of health-care systems that cover as many as 12 million patients. The idea is to use all the […]

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PCORI funds $12M in research

November 19, 2012  /  Comparative Effectiveness, Public Health

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced Friday it will spend $12 million to support research that addresses methodological gaps in outcomes research. PCORI plans to award $12 million for up to 14 contracts for studies that will address knowledge gaps and advance the field of comparative clinical effectiveness research. http://www.healthcareitnews.com/node/56136

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PCORI’s Problem: Reasons Are Not Causes

November 7, 2012  /  Comparative Effectiveness

For more on the concept of patient centeredness, comparative effectiveness research, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, see Health Affairs’ October issue, “Current Challenges In Comparative Effectiveness Research.“ … to accelerate … via Health Affairs (blog)

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Comparative effectiveness research faces obstacles in changing how doctors practice

October 22, 2012  /  Comparative Effectiveness, Public Health

The comparative effectiveness research program that is getting $3.5 billion in federal funding through 2019 under the Affordable Care Act aims to deliver actionable information to help physicians and patients decide among competing treatment options. via American Medical News

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