Category: Health & Research Policy (Page 6)

June 24, 2016

Alliance’s Bens Speaks at Capitol Hill Briefing on Precision Medicine

On Wednesday, the Alliance’s Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens spoke at a Congressional Life Sciences Caucus briefing about precision medicine on Capitol Hill.
April 1, 2016

Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 
March 7, 2016

Comments on NHLBI Draft Strategic Research Priorities

Letter to the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications (OSPEEC) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) urging the Institute to include the Afib Optimal Treatment Task Force's critical challenge of developing an effective integrated bleeding risk assessment tool as part of the NHLBI's final Strategic Research Priorities. 
March 7, 2016

FY17 AVAC Appropriations Request Letter

Letter to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees, urging the Subcommitees to prioritize funding for adult immunization related activities at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for FY2017. 
February 19, 2016

Seniors Decide Event Spotlights Issues Affecting Older Adults

The Seniors Decide forum offered a platform to spotlight the issues that are most important to older adults in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
February 18, 2016

The President’s Budget: Read the Numbers, Not the Headlines

The Obama administration’s FY 2017 vision for the federal government does not include continuing increases for America’s biomedical research community.
January 26, 2016

MCC Working Group Comment Letter

The Alliance for Aging Research’s sent a comment letter concerning the Senate Finance Committees’ Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) Working Group’s…
January 12, 2016

Comment Letter on CDC Opioid Guidelines

The Alliance for Aging Research wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting modifications to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Specifically, the Alliance recommended the CDC modify the guidelines by:  Including a statement calling for further investment of federal resources into clinical research to assist providers in tailoring long-term opioid use. Requiring Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an updated clinical evidence review of the guidelines Calling on public and private payers to broadly cover the cost of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain sufferers.  Adding more resources to www.cdc.gov on the safe use of non-opioid pain treatment Removing the non-evidenced based dosage recommendations Removing the time/specific pill limit for acute pain treatment
January 5, 2016

Alzheimer’s Disease PCORI Priorities Letter

The Alliance for Aging Research submitted a letter to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) suggesting possible research for the Institute to consider, aimed at improving outcomes for people with Alzheimer's disease. The Alliance encouraged the following topics: Impact of non-pharmacologic interventions for Alzheimer’s disease on patient outcomes, caregiver burden and rates of institutionalization Evaluation of screening methodologies, for relative ease/uptake and associated optimization across provider groups and settings of care; Assessment of how Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment affects management of comorbidities; Frequency of emergency room visits for Alzheimer’s disease patients and identification of best practices for potential mitigation; Comparisons of currently available tools used to assess cognition to identify which is most effective for specific populations; and Impact of knowing positive ApoE genotype status on patient, caregiver, and provider behaviors/outcomes as compared to ApoE negative status.  
December 18, 2015

MDUFA Reauthorization Stakeholder Meeting Statement

This is a statement presented by Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens at the December 18, 2015, stakeholder meeting regarding reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA).