Using Evidence to Achieve Effective State Health Policy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
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Do you have to make coverage decisions, design delivery system change, and/or implement new delivery models while ensuring quality? Research evidence, including Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), are valuable tools for state health policymakers to achieve those goals and to increase their chances of achieving the desired outcome: advancing policies with the ability to improve the health of the population served. Though the future of health care reforms enacted under the ACA still remains uncertain and there could potentially be changes in U.S. health care delivery and coverage systems, state officials must continue to operate these programs as efficiently as possible. At this crucial juncture in U.S. health policy, reliable sources of evidence will be critical resources for state policymakers facing important decisions regarding health care delivery system and coverage policies.

This webinar, supported by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will provide examples of how policymakers can, and are, using evidence including CER and PCOR to inform effective policymaking. This webinar will also highlight the important role consumers play in the evidence-based policymaking process, including strategies for improving consumer engagement.


  • Gary Franklin, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries; Research Professor, University of Washington; Co-Director, Washington Agency Medical Directors’ Group
  • Kimberley Smith, CAPM, Compliance & Stakeholder Relations Unit Manager, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
  • Margaret Guyer, PhD, Director, Workforce Development, Organization: Department of Mental Health
  • Rob Walker, External Consumer Engagement Liaison, Massachusetts Department of Mental


  • Greg Martin, Deputy, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)