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Comparative-effectiveness suggestions outlined

Editor’s note: As focus gets placed on comparative effectiveness there will be a series of recommendations. What is critical is that each of these recommendations be viewed with full transparency regarding the interest groups who are making the recommendations. It is critical that the funding for comparative effectiveness avoid partisianship, lobbying, interest groups and third party revenue seekers.

By Shawn Rhea

Posted: June 29, 2009 – 3:00 pm EDT

An independent advisory committee released a 73-page report outlining its first set of recommendations for spending $1.1 billion in comparative-effectiveness research funding allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Written by the 15-member Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, the report, set for release Tuesday, focuses on how HHS’ Office of the Secretary should best use the $400 million in comparative-effectiveness funding it received earlier this year.

The council recommended that the Office of the Secretary use it funds to fill high-priority gaps that are less likely to be funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, which received $300 million and $400 million in funding, respectively.

According to the report, the Office of the Secretary’s priorities should be creating a data infrastructure and developing distributed electronic data networks and patient registries. The group recommended that dissemination and translation of comparative-effectiveness data be secondary priorities, and that funding of actual research be a distant priority as other federal agencies are likely to pour their funds into supporting clinical outcomes research.


June 30, 2009 - Posted by | Economics of Health care, Federal Government, Research, Transparency | ,

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