A research center that’s supposed to compare how well various medical treatment options work is taking years to get much effectiveness data out to the public.
Drafters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) created the center, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), in an effort to improve health care by finding out which treatments really work best.
PCORI is supposed to award about $3.5 billion research contracts through 2019. After 2019, it must shut down or get new authorization from Congress to continue operations.
Insurers and self-funded employer health plans are paying for the research.
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PPACA requires the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to tell Congress about PCORI’s progress in 2015.
Even though PCORI came to life in 2010, it did not establish broad research priorities until 2012. As of October 2014, it had awarded 360 research contract awards with a value of about $671 million.