Senate Passes Short-Term Resolution to Fund the Government

The Senate voted early last Saturday morning to pass H.J. Res 117 to fund federal agencies through end of March next year. The vote comes just one week before the FY 2013 funding authorization deadline of October 1st, and will now go to the President for his signature. The final vote was 62-30, with all but one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), voting in support of the resolution.

This resolution puts the government on track to spend $1.047 trillion ($19 billion more than specified in the House passed Budget Resolution) in discretionary spending in 2013, the same level as agreed to in last year’s Budget Control Act. Both chambers were hastily working to pass a funding bill last week to return home to continue campaigning before the November elections. Congress will effectively be in recess until after November 6, at which point they will  have to address other pressing issues such as a temporary solution to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) , tax extenders and sequestration.

PCORI Announces Funding for Clinical Effectiveness Research Projects

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has begun a second round of funding requests and is seeking applications for up to $96 million for comparative effectiveness research.

The funding supports four of the five focus areas outlined in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. Applications for proposals should be for projects that:

  • address critical decisions that patients, their caregivers and clinicians face (assessment of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options area);
  • address critical decisions that healthcare systems face (improving healthcare systems area);
  • address critical elements in the communication and dissemination process among patients, their caregivers and clinicians (communication and dissemination research area); and
  • inform strategy choice to eliminate disparities (addressing disparities area).

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