Posted on January 14, 2021

NEHI Wins PCORI Support for New Project on Communication Among Patient Communities and Health Care Payers

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Tom Hubbard, Vice President of Policy Research
BOSTON, Mass. (January, 14 2021) – NEHI (The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) announced today that the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has committed $100,000 funding for a NEHI project that will bring patient and payer leaders together to identify principles of good, evidence-based, two-way communication regarding novel therapies.
NEHI President and CEO Wendy Warring said that, “We are grateful to receive PCORI’s support for a project that will allow us to promote evidence-based communication between patients and payers regarding novel therapies.”
She added, “Thanks to continuing advances in the life sciences, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves numerous highly novel therapies every year. Patient communities often have high expectations for timely coverage of these novel therapies, but these therapies can present serious challenges to payers. NEHI is uniquely positioned to bring together patients, payers, and other stakeholders to find consensus on how patient communities and payers can jointly address these issues through sound and transparent communication practices.”
Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer noted that, “The NEHI project was selected for Engagement Award funding because it will bring together patients and other stakeholders to explore critical issues related to PCOR and comparative effectiveness research (CER) and will communicate PCORI-funded research findings to key stakeholders. We look forward to working with NEHI throughout the course of this 10-month project.”
Project funding will be provided through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. As a first step NEHI will conduct an online survey of patient and payer leaders. Findings from the survey will be used to draft a statement of principles that will the subject of consensus development at an online conference of patient and payer leaders that will be held in the Spring (2021). A final statement will be published in Fall 2021.
The NEHI project will be guided by an advisory committee comprising patient, payer leaders, and experienced researchers in the fields of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The project will be led by Tom Hubbard, NEHI Vice President of Policy Research, and Meagan Elam, NEHI Senior Health Policy and Program Associate.
The NEHI project and other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCOR’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. Click here for more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts.
About PCORI:
PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and health care decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. Learn more at
About NEHI (the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation):
NEHI is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization composed of stakeholders from across all key sectors of health and health care. Its mission is to advance innovations that improve health, enhance the quality of health care, and achieve greater value for the money spent. NEHI consults with its broad membership and conducts independent, objective research and convenings, to accelerate these innovations and bring about changes within health care and in public policy. Learn more at

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