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A Milestone on K Street

The October 19 Health Affairs briefing entitled “Saving Medicare Dollars and Improving Care,” sponsored by the ABIM Foundation and other funders, was a watershed moment in which ideas that would require less spending on health care that would actually improve care for patients were discussed on K Street. This is a great message for patients and, it so happens, for the super committee deliberations a [...]

It’s a Mad, Mad World: Medicare and Cost-Effectiveness

The recent establishment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) stipulates that its findings from comparative effectiveness research cannot be construed as mandates for coverage recommendations and that the government cannot use these reports to determine coverage and payment decisions. This in effect, prohibits PCORI from determining cost-effectiveness of alternative treatments. This explicit stipulation in [...]