CCHF ACTION ALERT!
August 30, 2011
The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under Obamacare, has asked the American public to comment on the Institute's definition of "patient-centered outcomes research."
DEADLINE - THIS Friday, September 2.
In short, PCORI's definition is deceptive and leaves the public thinking that PCORI (pronounced "pee-CORE-ee") is going to do great work. However, the definition is not patient-centered. It's government-centered. Despite assertions to the contrary, the controversial "comparative effectiveness research" will be used by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make insurance coverage decisions for all citizens.
Click HERE to make a statement or two on any one of the five questions or just use the space at Question #5 to make a general statement. Then press "Submit."
Find our public comments on PCORI's five questions below. See #5 in particular. Feel free to use our comments to come up with an overarching comment or two about the entire endeavor.
PCORI is the new name for one of the so-called "death panels" established in the "economic stimulus" bill, the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The controversial FCC was repealed in Obamacare and replaced by PCORI....which is required by law to conduct "comparative effectiveness research."
Please comment by midnight on Friday.
I'd appreciate it greatly if you could let me know by email that you did. Thank you in advance!
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
CCHF COMMENTS to FIVE QUESTIONS:
1. Does the definition place appropriate emphasis on, and convey the importance of, the “patient-centeredness” of the PCORI mission?
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is not "patient-centered." It is government centered. The move to empower government appointees to conduct comparative effectiveness research proved so controversial in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“economic stimulus”) that the Obama Administration repealed the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Federal health care reform law (Section 6302) and replaced it with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Notably, the Finance Committee called PCOR ‘an alternative term’ to comparative effectiveness research (CER).”
In the same vein we are concerned that the words within the PCOR definition will mislead the public. Although the definition adopted by PCORI says the research “helps people make informed health care decisions and allows their voice to be heard in assessing the value of health care options,” the federal health care reform statute specific to PCORI makes it clear that 19 government appointees will be focused on making decisions that will, in concert with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, determine coverage decisions for more than 300 million Americans.
Although the statute states that the comparative effectiveness research (CER) findings are “not be construed as mandates, guidelines, or recommendations for payment, coverage, or treatment.” and that “Nothing...shall be construed as…authorizing the Secretary to deny coverage of items or services under such title SOLELY on the basis of comparative clinical effectiveness research” (my emphasis), the statute also says,
There are other concerns with the assumption in the “MAY only USE” statement: First, who are the lucky few that get deferential treatment because the Secretary deems them part of a “subpopulation”?
Thus we do not believe, despite the proposed words within the definition, that PCOR or PCORI will “help people make informed health care decisions and allow their voice to be heard in assessing the value of health care options.”
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