Sunday, February 28, 2010

$1.1 Billion for Comparative Effectiveness Research

It's hard to imagine $1.1 billion. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 created the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to coordinate comparative effectiveness research across the Federal government. The Council will specifically make recommendations for the $400 million allocated to the Office of the Secretary for CER.

ARRA provides:
  • $300 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • $400 million for the National Institutes of Health, and
  • $400 million for the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
These funds are to support research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health care treatments and strategies, through efforts that:
  1. Conduct, support, or synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions.
  2. Encourage the development and use of clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data.
So, that totals to $1.1 billion. Wow!  So, how many groups and organizations are going after this money?  Here's a link to the website where you can read about Sec. 804. Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.

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