PCORI Following Intent Of Legislators, But Needs To Be Careful In Defining “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research” – Former Senate Staffer
A former member of the Senate Finance Committee staff that contributed to the writing of the health care reform law that formed the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute believes the institute is following the intent laid out by the committee, but has concerns on the current draft definition.
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