The organization created under the healthcare reform law to test the comparative effectiveness of treatment options is about to open the flow of money going to research projects.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute intends to award $300 million in broad funding, targeted funding and infrastructure awards before the end of this year, making a total of $418 million in 2013.
One of the projects will be the first recipient of targeted funding directly overseen by PCORI. The researchers, to be named in December, will assess treatment options for African Americans and Hispanics with severe or uncontrolled asthma. (A targeted funding award made in June, studying fall-related injury prevention strategies, shares oversight with the National Institute on Aging.)