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Recent Conferences

October 19, 2011

Advancing Comparative Effectiveness Research under Health Care Reform

Co-Sponsored by The National Pharmaceutical Council

The Affordable Care Act provides significant long-term funding to expand the nation’s capacity to produce comparative effectiveness research (CER) through a newly established Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This Forum began by examining how the goals of PCORI and health reform interact with real-world decision-making, guided by three current case studies of comparative effectiveness research in action. Next, it convened a panel of “CER customers” – including providers and payers – to identify the characteristics of research likely to have meaningful impacts on decision making. In the final panel, pharmaceutical industry representatives discussed how the expanded focus on CER may affect industry business practices and future product development. The meeting concluded with an interactive discussion of PCORI’s progress and priorities with its Executive Director, Joseph Selby, M.D.