Thursday, August 13, 2015

More on PCORI

PCORI has now exceeded $1 B in funding as a result of the ACA. One should examine the projects. Its head recently stated in an email:

We've just marked a major milestone here at PCORI - topping $1 billion in funding approved for research projects and other initiatives that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare choices. 
We're proud of these investments, all of which support our mandate to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), studies of what works best for whom under which circumstances. All of our awards are approved by our Board of Governors and reflect ongoing input from patients, family caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders from across the healthcare community. All directly fulfill our mission to both improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to clinical decision makers and the methods used to see that this evidence is reliable. And all ensure that we live up to our name by supporting research addressing the questions and concerns of patients and other stakeholders.Two-thirds of our awards to date, nearly $680 million, support studies of the effectiveness of two or more approaches to care focusing on outcomes that matter to patients
However when one tries to examine what may actually have been accomplished it seems in my opinion to be fairly empty.  Needless to say they will continue to burn $500 M or more each year, a sum which frankly could be much better spent elsewhere.