These are the methodology standards published by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for its patient-centered outcomes research. The standards describe Continue reading
Improving Quality and Containing Costs
One the more controversial concepts in contemporary health care policy is comparative effectiveness research (CER). This research attempts to directly compare the effectiveness of different treatments and interventions for various diagnoses and conditions. For example, when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, what is her best choice for treatment – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of all three? In what sequence and what dosage? The attention to comparative effectiveness research was significantly raised when $1.1 billion was made available to support CER in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The concern is that this research will be used to deny coverage or payment for certain treatments or interventions, or otherwise “ration” health care services. Accordingly, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no longer used the term “comparative effectiveness research” and instead established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
I have compiled some key background documents on the $1.1 billion being invested in CER as well as some policy analyses of what implications comparative effectiveness research might have for health care quality improvement and cost containment.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory has several resources on the use of patient-reported outcomes Continue reading
I have compiled key publications and resources on some current topics in health care policy. Below are descriptions of the Continue reading
This is my side-by-side analysis of the provisions in the final Senate and House health reform bills related to equity, Continue reading
This is a comprehensive analysis of the equity-related provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act published by the Continue reading
Plenary session presentation at California Pan-Ethnic Health Network “Building Quality and Equitable Health Care Systems” conference on June 8, 2010. Continue reading
Resources on patient-centeredness, equity and prevention from California Pan-Ethnic Health Network “Building Quality and Equitable Health Care Systems” conference June Continue reading
On September 23, 2010, the General Accountability Office announced the nineteen members of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Continue reading