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What is the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)?

November 21, 2013

• PCORI is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C.

• The organization helps people make informed health care decisions and improves health care delivery and outcomes by producing and promoting high integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers and the broader health care community.

• PCORI is funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (PCORTF), which was authorized by Congress as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and receives income from two funding streams: the general fund of the Treasury and a small fee assessed on Medicare, private health insurance and self-insured plans. PCORI is expected to receive an estimated $3.5 billion from the PCORTF to fund patient-centered outcomes research through Sept. 30, 2019, the date through which the Act authorizes it to remain in operation.

• PCORI approved 51 awards, totaling $88.6 million over three years, to fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research projects under the first four areas of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.