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Major Medical Groups Back Comp Effectiveness Legislation

"Major medical organizations are urging health committees in the House and Senate to make comparative-effectiveness research a key component of healthcare reform," Modern HealthCare reports. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee's bill "plans for a new federal center on health outcomes research was seen by some GOP members as a possible means to ration healthcare." But "a letter, co-signed by the American Medical Association and more than 60 other groups, countered that comparative-effectiveness research would not lead to 'cookbook' medicine or rationing of expensive forms of care" (Lubell, 6/26).

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