Wednesday, July 21, 2010

HHS Developing CER Inventory

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning Evaluation (ASPE) within HHS is developing a national inventory of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and CER related information. In 2009, ARRA provided $1.1 billion for CER research and development. ARRA allocated $400 million to the Office of the Secretary, $400 million to NIH, and $300 million to AHRQ.

ASPE now seeks input on the approaches needed to develop the CER inventory that eventually will be accessible to the public, to include patients, clinicians, and policymakers through a web-based system.

On July 19th, HHS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comments to help ASPE develop and structure the CER inventory. The agency specifically wants to receive suggestions for potential sources for information on ongoing and completed CER, ways to encourage participation in the inventory, approaches to categorizing information, and ways to ensure that the inventory is useful and sustainable.

Comments must be received by August 9, 2010 and all comments will be available publicly at For more information, email Pierre Yong, ASPE at or call (202) 690-8384. To see the full announcement in the July 19th Federal Register, go to