ECRI Institute's 22nd Annual Conference Explores Critical Changes in Cancer Care Delivery

Free public service leadership conference, cosponsored with National Cancer Institute, to be held November 17-18, 2015

Sep 11, 2015, 10:51 ET from ECRI Institute

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly a third of the nation's population is expected to experience cancer in their lifetime, most of whom are aging baby boomers who will undergo screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Care needs to be provided and paid for, raising complex issues across delivery systems.

Because this is such a pressing issue, cosponsors ECRI Institute and the National Cancer Institute have organized a national conference, along with leaders from AcademyHealth, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Health Affairs, the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation (JKTG) for Health and Policy, Kaiser Permanente, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Veterans Administration.

"Cancer Care Delivery in a Rapidly Changing Healthcare System," ECRI Institute's 22nd Annual Conference on the Use of Evidence in Policy and Practice, is being held November 17-18, 2015, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the largest auditorium on the NIH campus. It is a free public service event.

More than 30 of the nation's leading experts from across the spectrum of health system CEOs, public and private payers, researchers, quality experts, patient representatives, regulators, and others are volunteering their time to address critical issues. There are nine plenary sessions, organized logically to make the information useful, and ample opportunity for participation from the audience.

Some of the key questions and issues the speakers will address include:

  1. Are the technologies for precision medicine proving to be more effective than the alternatives?
  2. Are some health systems already "patient centered," productively seeking to create services that patients want and feel they need? 
  3. From research, regulatory, and clinical perspectives, are patients considered largely as "subjects" and/or "cases," or are they truly more active participants in creating new knowledge about the way cancer services are provided?
  4. Is care becoming more tailored and coordinated, and is quality provided and measured to encompass the continuum of care?
  5. What is the status of public and private sector value-based payment initiatives for cancer care?
  6. What legislative/policy initiatives are under consideration now?

ECRI Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Application will be made for Pennsylvania continuing legal education and nursing credits. Visit the website for details.

The conference venue is the Natcher Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892. There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required, as space is limited.

Press credentials are available for those wishing to cover the conference or interview presenters; press requests should be sent to Laurie Menyo, ECRI Institute's director of public relations at ECRI Institute will offer live updates from the event on Twitter at #ECRI15.

For registration questions, visit the website at, or contact The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc., by phone at (301) 670-4990, x233, or by e-mail at

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter (  

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