Workshop to focus on rural health care, research

02/23/2013 7:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:14 AM

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which was established under the federal Affordable Care Act, will hold a regional workshop March 9 and 10 at the Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman. PCORI is a nonprofit, publicly funded advisory board authorized by Congress that aims to support medical research and help determine which treatments lead to the best outcomes in health care.

The goal is to reduce the cost of health care by putting resources toward the more effective treatments.

“Our goal is to create the research that patients want themselves,” said Greg Martin, deputy director of stakeholder engagement. “The whole belief is if patients are involved in the meaningful genesis of ideas, research, evidence, findings ... the information can help patients make informed decisions.”

Patients, caregivers and health care leaders from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Iowa are invited to attend.

The conference title is “The Power of Partnership in Research: Improving Health Care Outcomes in Rural Settings.”

PCORI receives its funding from the U.S. Treasury and fees assessed on health care plans, including Medicare, private health insurance and self-insured plans. The board expects to receive $3.5 billion in funding to support research through 2019, according to the organization.

This year, it is getting an annual $1 fee per individual on Medicare and private health insurance and self-insured plans.

That will go up to $2 per person in 2014.

Martin said one reason the board chose Wichita for the first regional workshop was that it noticed that not many Midwest states were represented in the organization’s pilot projects.

“We feel like the best thing to do is to go to the central states and engage folks about who we are, what we’re doing and hear back and learn from them about what they think about us and patient-centered outcomes research in general,” Martin said.

“You don’t get much more ‘heart of America’ than Wichita, and the topic of rural health is one we all have an interest in.”

According to the draft agenda for the workshop, sessions will focus on various PCORI research initiatives and how to apply for PCORI funding.

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