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Capitol Health Call
September 17, 2008

Comparative Effectiveness

JAMA. 2008;300(11):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.300.11.1290-a

Legislation introduced in the Senate would create a nonprofit corporation to review evidence and produce information on the best ways to treat health conditions.

The Comparative Effectiveness Research Act of 2008 (S 3408 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) was submitted July 31 by Finance Committee Chairman Sen Max Baucus (D, Mont) and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D, ND).

The nongovernment-affiliated Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute would work with experts and stakeholders to prioritize interventions and services to be studied. The research would be conducted by public and private organizations approved by the institute's board of directors (which would include physicians, patients, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers).