Trendspotter: Comparative Effectiveness Research to Cut Costs Without Rationing

October 6, 2010

After a prolonged debate over government-sponsored comparative effectiveness research, Congress decided to authorize it in the Affordable Care Act, but to strictly forbid CMS from considering the results in coverage decisions. It turns out, however, that there are other ways to incorporate the results into determinations of which services will be provided - without rationing care.

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