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Cancer research advocates and lawmakers say the sequestration’s effects on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) could have a devastating impact on the development of new cancer treatments, with one stakeholder saying the mandatory across-the-board cuts could also impact FDA’s oncology drug review times -- an area where the agency has traditionally been fast in reviewing products... [see full article]
Comparative Effectiveness Research
The Patient Centered Research and Outcomes Institute (PCORI) is considering partnering with the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP) on disease-specific standards for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER). PCORI restricted its own research agenda to work on methodological standards for general guidelines, and CMTP is working on topic-specific CER, such as the report it issued recently on chronic wound therapy. CMTP hopes to at least align its work with PCORI’s priorities and methods standards.
The health reform law created PCORI as a non-profit organization that funds “comparative clinical effectiveness” research that compares options for treating diseases. However, PCORI decided to stick to research on general guidelines, at least at first, saying in a draft research agenda that it was “not specifying or prioritizing any particular condition or disease for research, although we may do so in the future.”
Large bipartisan groups of lawmakers are urging CMS to reconsider Medicare pay cuts to cancer radiation services following a lobby day by cancer doctors and patients. More than 100 lawmakers in the House signed a letter asking CMS to re-evaluate the oncologists’ practice expenses, and 28 senators said CMS should include all components of the practice expense relative value units that determine payment intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)... [see full article]
CMS has suspended implementation of the first model of its bundled payment initiative, which is designed to transition hospitals and other providers away from fee-for-service reimbursements to lump-sum payments that are centered around episodes-of-care. Stakeholders wonder if the decision has any implications for the future of the CMS bundling initiative... [see full article]
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