APA Collects Nominations for Oversight of New Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute

APA collected nominations for the Board of Governors of the new Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institute, created by the new health care reform law, which will coordinate comparative effectiveness research.
Science Government Relations staff coordinated with the Board of Scientific Affairs, Practice Directorate and the leadership of 15 APA Divisions to collect nominations for the Board of Governors of the new Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute created by the new health care reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).  The Institute will be tasked with coordinating comparative effectiveness research funded by a tap on the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund. Although the Institute will be overseen by a Board of Governors comprised of individuals representing several designated categories of expertise, APA has already expressed concern (PDF, 127KB) that there is no explicit representation of expertise in mental health or substance use disorders called for on that Board. However we are hopeful that our concerns will register with the Government Accountability Office as they consider APA’s nominations which are due June 30th.  Further details on the formation and implementation of the Institute are available at the Coalition for Health Services Research website (PDF, 127KB).