Dr. Phil Gingrey, former U.S. Congressman and Senior Advisor to the District Policy Group, spoke on a panel at the Bipartisan Policy Center titled “The Future of Comparative Effectiveness Research.” The panel also included former Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and was moderated by Bill Hoagland, former Senate Budget Committee Director.
Both Dr. Gingrey and Kent Conrad voiced concerns about comparative effectiveness research driving health decisions based on cost-effectiveness and resource rationing, rather than what is best for the patient. Dr. Gingrey had previously proposed an amendment to the Sen. Conrad-backed Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Act, stating that the information should not be prescriptive to physicians and that solutions will always have exceptions based on individual patient needs.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s mission actively seeks to combine the best ideas from both sides of the aisle to promote health, safety and opportunity through analysis, negotiation and advocacy. “The Future of Comparative Effectiveness Research” was the second in a series of educational forums on comparative effectiveness research and discussed federal funding, private sector leadership, regulatory barriers and important new areas for research.