I just noticed that HHS removed the press release about the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research from the HHS.gov website
The page can still be accessed in the Intranet Archive here:
I was responding to someone that commented on the “Real Money and World Affairs “ Facebook group I moderate and discovered the scrubbing. I posted the comments below in reference to the Wayne Madsen article on the NSA and medical intelligence operations that I tweeted your way.
Three cheers for the most transparent government in US history!
There is no 100% escape because at some point, most people do need to use the traditional medical system. Now, in the U.S., EVERYTHING related to the conventional medical system and its use will have doctors interfacing with the “Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research,” which is under the executive branch and will be receiving data from doctors about patients, and in turn, will be providing statistically driven assessments as to what treatments should be made available. THIS is the engine behind the poorly named “death panels” (lousy political framing because the mainstream media can shut down discussion about this REAL engine for treatment reduction in the name of bogus cost savings exactly in the same way debate is shut down by the use of the term “conspiracy theorist” – but all this is a discussion for another day).
I wanted to make sure I had the name of the
“Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research” correct so I went back to my interview with Dr. Dave Janda, where in the show write-up I explain what the agency is. It turns out that the HHS website took the page down (I know, you are all SHOCKED!). Another great example of the most transparent executive branch administration in history…. NOT.
It was located here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/03/20090319a.html
The page can be accessed in the Intranet Archive here:
and the full text of the press release is here (readers in the US, you paid for it, so you should be able to read it); see below.
Finally, if you haven’t heard my interview with Dr. Janda on Obamacare, it’s still as current and topical today as it was when recorded it. Check it out:
HHS Names Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Recovery Act Allocates $1.1 Billion for Comparative Effectiveness Research
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the members of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new council will help coordinate research and guide investments in comparative effectiveness research funded by the Recovery Act.
“Comparative effectiveness research can improve care for all Americans and is an important element of President Obama’s health reform plan,” said HHS Spokeswoman Jenny Backus. “President Obama is committed to openness and transparency and the Coordinating Council will host open meetings and a listening session as it begins its important work.”
Comparative effectiveness research provides information on the relative strengths and weakness of various medical interventions. Such research will give clinicians and patients valid information to make decisions that will improve the performance of the U.S. health care system
The 15 member council, named today in accordance with a Congressionally-mandated timeline, will assist the agencies of the federal government, including HHS and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, as well as others, to coordinate comparative effectiveness and related health services research. The Recovery Act authorized $300 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $400 million for the National Institutes of Health, and $400 million for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support comparative effectiveness research.
The council will not recommend clinical guidelines for payment, coverage or treatment. The council will consider the needs of populations served by federal programs and opportunities to build and expand on current investments and priorities. It will also provide input on priorities for the $400 million fund in the Recovery Act that the Secretary will allocate to advance this type of research.
Council members represent a diverse set of individuals and agencies; most of its members are clinicians. Representatives on the council will address the impact on subpopulations. To ensure that all voices are heard, the council will hold a public listening session on April 14, 2009. Its deliberations and recommendations will be public and transparent, consistent with all Recovery Act investments as well as the President’s commitment to open government.
A list of council members is available at http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/os/cerbios.html.