Tony Coelho Promotes Patient-Centered CER at Health Affairs Event

PIPC chairman makes the case for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research in October issue of Health Affairs

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tony Coelho, chairman of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC), today participated in “Comparative Effectiveness Research Enters New Era,” a Health Affairs briefing on comparative effectiveness research (CER) that launched the publication’s CER-focused October issue.

In addition to participating on the briefing’s “National Strategy Panel” where he spoke on how his personal experiences with epilepsy led him to patient advocacy with a focus on CER, Mr. Coelho also penned an article which appears in the October issue of Health Affairs. The article, “Perspective from a Patient-Advocate, Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research: What is it? And How Will We Get There?” includes Coelho’s thoughts on the best ways to achieve patient-centered CER.

“I appreciate Health Affairs for dedicating its October issue to the topic of comparative effectiveness research. I thought it was important for someone to write about what ‘patient-centered comparative effectiveness research’ really looks like, and how the CER provisions in the new health reform law give us a head start.” Coelho said. “Now it’s up to all of us to support the successful implementation of these important provisions so that comparative effectiveness research meets the needs of all patients - especially those that are often overlooked such as people with disabilities, those in minority communities and the elderly.”

PIPC was supportive of the inclusion of the Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute (PCORI) in the bill, which will set CER priorities, fund independent research, establish research methods, and communicate results to the public in a clear and understandable manner.

About PIPC

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, provider and industry advocacy groups.

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