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September 2016

From the ROCC Desk

Anza Y
Dr. Anzai is the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer and a Professor of Radiology at University of Utah Health Sciences. In this month’s Member Spotlight, she shares more information about Utah’s AAMC Learning Health System Research Award winning project on Value Driven Outcomes (VDOs). See more in her opinion piece Value Driven Outcomes – Data Analytics to Drive Value of Care, her recent publication in JAMA Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association with Reduced Cost and Improved Quality, and the accompanied editorial piece From Volume to Value in Health Care – The Work Begins.
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Advocacy Corner

The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day
Registration for the 2016 Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on Thursday, September 22, is open. Held every September, this Capitol Hill Day includes nearly 300 national organizations coming together to call on our nation's policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research. Read more…

In the News

Final HHS Rule and NIH Policy Changes on Clinical Trials Registration and Results Submission
The Dept. of Health and Human Services has issued the final rule on clinical trials registration and results submission, specifying new requirements and expanding the scope and application of the regulation for the submission of trial data to the website. Read more…

Blue Ribbon Panel Releases Cancer Moonshot Report
The Blue Ribbon Panel presented its report to the National Cancer Advisory Board on September 7th. The report describes 10 transformative research recommendations for achieving the Cancer Moonshot’s ambitious goal of making a decade’s worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in just 5 years. Read more…

2016 Lasker Awards Announced
Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease. Read more…


Clinical Trials, Healthy Controls, and the Birth of IRB
The U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is revising the Common Rule that guides research involving human subjects — the first substantial overhaul of clinical research regulation in 40 years. Read more…

From Volume to Value in Health Care – The Work Begins
A JAMA perspective on the Value Driven Outcomes work recognized by the AAMC Learning Health System Research Award winner. Read more…

The Primary Outcome Fails – What Next?
An unreasonable yet widespread practice is the labeling of all randomized trials as either positive or negative on the basis of whether the P value for the primary outcome is less than 0.05. This view is overly simplistic. Read more…


Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association With Reduced Cost and Improved Quality
Implementation of a multifaceted value-driven outcomes tool to identify high variability in costs and outcomes in a large single health care system was associated with reduced costs and improved quality for 3 selected clinical project. Read more…

Get Involved

Final Rule Webinar Series is offering a series of three live webinars to provide responsible parties with information about the final rule for clinical trials registration and results information submission. Read more...

AAMC Seeks Applications for Institutions to Participate in a Multiyear Series of Meetings
AAMC Releases RFA Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers. Read more…

NIH RFI on Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories
NIH RFI due September 30 on existing and desired approaches for measuring and assessing the value of biomedical data repositories. Read more…

NIGMS Webinar on Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators
The Institute will hold a webinar to discuss the recently released FOA MIRA pilot program on September 27 from 3-4p.m. Read more…

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