GAO Announces Patient-Centered Outcomes Board

Janice Simmons, September 27, 2010

Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), announced the appointment Thursday of 19 members to the board of governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The institute was established under the Affordable Care Act earlier this year as a non-profit organization to assist providers, patients, healthcare purchasers, and policymakers in making informed health decisions through research. This research is designed to review relevant evidence on how diseases, disorders, and other health conditions can be appropriately prevented, diagnosed, treated, monitored, and managed.

The law directed the comptroller general to appoint 19 of the 21 members of the PCORI Board of Governors. In addition to the 19 members, the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Carolyn Clancy, MD, and the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, MD, or their designees are the other two members who will serve on the PCORI Board.

The Act also directs the comptroller general to appoint not more than 15 members to a methodology committee of PCORI. A Federal Register notice calling for nominations to this committee is expected to be issued by Sept. 30.

The members of the board will be appointed for a six-year term and may be reappointed for one subsequent six-year term. The terms of the PCORI board members are staggered, with the first set of appointments made this month set at two, four, and six years.

Commissioners whose first term will expire in September 2016 are:

  • Eugene Washington, MD, MSc, vice chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences, and dean, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles. He will serve as the chair of the PCORI Board of Governors.
  • Steven Lipstein, MHA, president and CEO, BJC Health Care, a nonprofit healthcare delivery system. He will serve as the vice chair of the PCORI Board of Governors.
  • Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, vice chancellor for research and health policy, Palmer College of Chiropractic and Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research.
Janice Simmons Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at
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