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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

21st Century Cures Initiative Leaders Outline Goals for 2015

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New details emerged last week about a bipartisan House effort to draft a comprehensive health care bill known as 21st Century Cures. In an op-ed, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) outlined five broad goals of the draft bill they plan to introduce later this month:

  • Modernize clinical trials to streamline the approval of drugs and devices;
  • Integrate the patient perspective into the regulatory process;
  • Promote better access to and sharing of information such as genomic and other clinical data to foster more collaboration among researchers;
  • Invest in the future of science to support and encourage young, emerging scientists;
  • Incentivize new drugs and devices for unmet medical needs.

The 21st Century Cures Initiative is a wide-ranging legislative initiative designed to foster comprehensive improvements and innovation in the U.S. health system. Committee members will soon release a discussion draft based on their review of input from patients and advocates, healthcare workers and researchers, and government and the private sector. The Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx), of which the National Council is a member, submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce committee in December, proposing recommendations for improvement to the Medicare Part D Program. Read the comments here.

Stay tuned to Capitol Connector for more updates on 21st Century Cures.