LINTHICUM, MD, June 9, 2009--The American Urological Association (AUA) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Alliance for Specialty Medicine and the Partnership to Improve Patient Care in supporting the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Act of 2009 introduced by Representative Kurt Schrader (D- OR-5). The legislation establishes a private, independent nonprofit corporation called the Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute whose purpose is to improve the quality of health care delivered in the U.S. by advancing the quality of evidence concerning how health conditions can best be prevented, diagnosed, treated, and managed.
A key provision of the legislation states that “the Institute is not permitted to mandate coverage, reimbursement, or other policies for any public or private payers. Likewise, none of the research findings disseminated by the Institute should be policy recommendations or coverage guidelines for payment or treatment.” This provision eliminates a prime concern of most stakeholders who fear CER will be used to limit access to or coverage for certain expensive medical treatments.
The proposed Institute would be governed by a Board consisting of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and 18 members representing various public and private sector interests, including industry and physicians, to be appointed by the Comptroller General for six year terms.
“We support this bill and applaud Rep. Schrader because it is the first piece of legislation that offers to bring all stakeholders to the table to discuss comparative effectiveness research,” said AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy Beth Kosiak, PhD. “As a medical specialty society, the AUA is uniquely positioned to identify evidence gaps in knowledge and provide further focus for the proposed Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute.”
The AUA also submitted a statement to the Federal Coordinating Council for CER with recommendation. To view that statement, please visit:
Please contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 to schedule an interview with Beth Kosiak, PhD, AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.
Lacey Dean, AUA