What is PCORI?
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonâprofit organization authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better decisions.
How is it funded?
A trust fund receives income from the general fund of the Treasury and a fee assessed on Medicare, private health insurance and self insured plans.
How much funding does it have?
PCORI will receive $150 million from the general fund and $1 per member per year from insurance carriers and Medicare for a total of $320 million in 2013.
How many awards has it granted for research?
PCORI aims to commit to at least $350 million in support for patient-centered research in 2013. It has already approved 76 studies totaling $129.3 million overall.
What is its research agenda?
• Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options-projects that address critical decisions that patients, their caregivers, and clinicians face with too little information.
• Improving Healthcare Systems-projects that address critical decisions that face healthcare systems, patients and caregivers who rely on these systems, and clinicians who work within them.
• Communication and Dissemination-projects that address critical elements in the communication and dissemination process among patients, their caregivers, and clinicians.
• Addressing Disparities-projects that will inform the choice of strategies to eliminate disparities.
• Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research-studies to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting patient-centered outcomes research.