WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to today's ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) issued the following statement from Chairman Tony Coelho:
"PIPC has been working for more than three years to ensure comparative effectiveness research is patient-centered and helps physicians and their patients make informed healthcare decisions. Congress' creation of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) reflected the recognition that existing programs were falling short of this goal. The Affordable Care Act's CER provisions for the first time gave patients and physicians a seat at the table in advancing a new research program. PIPC will continue working in a bipartisan way to ensure we realize the potential of PCORI to advance a truly patient-centered approach to CER and avoid 'one-size-fits-all' access barriers that ignore patient differences. Our focus has been, and must continue to be, on improving the openness and transparency of PCORI decision-making, ensuring PCORI's research focuses on improved quality care and not cost-cutting, and providing more opportunities for input from the full patient and physician communities."
The Partnership to Improve Patient Care was formed in November 2008 to support proposals to expand the government's role in comparative effectiveness research that are centered on patient and provider needs; raise awareness about the value of well-designed CER; and promote the important role of continued medical innovation as part of the solution to cost and quality challenges in health care. Partnership members include a wide range of health care organizations representing patient advocacy, provider, and industry groups.
To learn more go to www.ImprovePatientCare.org.
CONTACT: Maura Burchette, (202) 715-7862, [email protected]
SOURCE Partnership to Improve Patient Care