Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Methodology Committee
Conflicts of Interest Information

Section 6301(h)(4) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the Comptroller General to disclose conflicts of interest in appointing members of the Methodology Committee on GAO’s Web site.

Section 6301(a)(3) of ACA defines “conflict of interest” as: “[A]n association, including a financial or personal association, that have the potential to bias or have the appearance of biasing an individual’s decision in matters related to the Institute or the conduct of activities under this section.”

Below are the associations of current members of the Methodology Committee that upon appointment by the Comptroller General fit within the definition of a “conflict of interest” specified by the ACA.

Notes:

    • Personal Associations includes associations reported by the Board member or their spouse.
    • Financial Associations includes interests held by the Board member’s spouse or minor children.

Naomi Aronson

Personal Associations

Executive Director, Technology Evaluation Center and Director, AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association

Member:

    • Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design, National Business Group on Health
    • Steering Committee, Chicago-Area DEcIDE Research Center
    • Policy Forum, Health Technology Assessment International
    • Genomics Roundtable and Planning Committee, Institute of Medicine
    • Planning Committee, Genomics Applications in Practice and Prevention Network

Financial Associations

None identified

Ethan Basch

Personal Associations

Researcher and Member of the Faculty

    • Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
    • Weil Cornell Medical College

Chair, Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Financial Associations

Director, Natural Standard Research Database

David Flum

Personal Associations

Professor of Surgery, University of Washington Medical School

Adjunct Professor Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health

Medical Director, Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program, Foundation for Health Care Quality

Financial Associations

Founder and Director, BenchmarketHealth, Inc.

Received consulting fees between $5,000 and $15,000 from:
Aspen BioPharma, Inc., as a member of its Medical Advisory Board.

Spouse is employed by Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA.

Cynthia Girman

Personal Associations

Executive Director and Head of Data Analytics & Observational Methods, Merck & Co.

Member, Board of Directors, UNC Gillings School of Public Health Foundation

Member, Advisory Board, UNC Center for Pharmacoepidemilogy

Financial Associations

Investments over $250,000 in:
Merck & Co.

Steven Goodman

Personal Associations

Professor Oncology, Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Editor, Clinical Trials, Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials

Statistical Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine

Financial Associations

Received consulting fees of between $15,001 and $50,000 from:
Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association, as a Scientific Advisor to its Medical Advisory Panel, Technical Assessment Program

Investments between $10,001 and $50,000 in:
Aetna Inc.

Mark Helfand

Personal Associations

Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
Director, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center

Member

    • Advisory Board, US Cochrane Center
    • Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness, Institute of Medicine

Financial Associations

Received consulting fees of over $50,000 from:
Consumers Union of US, Inc.

David Meltzer

Personal Associations

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago

Financial Associations

None identified

Brian Mittman

Personal Associations

Advisory Board Member

    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center
    • Knowledge Translation Canada
    • Research Program Advisory Board, Singapore Ministry of Health

Co-Editor in Chief, Implementation Science

Financial Associations

Also employed by:
Sepulveda Research Corporation

Received consulting fees between $5000 and $15,000 from:
Washington University in St. Louis
University of California at Los Angeles
RAND Corporation
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
University of Iowa

Received consulting fees between $15,001 and $50,000 from
Westat, Inc.

Sally Morton

Personal Associations

Board Member, Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute

Committee Member

    • American Statistical Association
    • Methods Steering Committee, AHRQ

Section Chair (Statistics), American Association for the Advancement of Science

Financial Associations

Spouse is employed by the California University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Newhouse

Personal Associations

Member

    • Advisory Council for Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice, Northwestern University
    • Research Council, American Nurses Credentialing Center, University of Maryland

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, University of Maryland

Financial Associations

None Identified

Neil Powe

Personal Associations

Board Member, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

Committee Member, American Board of Internal Medicine

Advisory Committee Member

    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Vanderbilt University (Scientific Advisory Board) Steering Committee

Medical Editor, Informed Medical Decision Making Foundation

Financial Associations

Received honoraria between $5000 and $15,000 from:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Informed Medical Decision Making Foundation
American Board of Internal Medicine
Vanderbilt University

Financial Associations

TBD

Sebastian Schneewiess

Personal Associations

Executive Board Member and Past President — International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology

Voting Consultant to the Drug Safety & Risk Management Advisory Committee — US Food and Drug Administration

Division Vice Chief, Pharmacoepidemiology, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Director

    • DeCide Methods Center
    • Brigham & Women’s Hospital DeCide Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Financial Associations

Received consulting fees between $15,001 to $50,000 from:
HealthCore, Inc.

Received consulting fees of over $50,000 from:
World Health Information Science Consultants, LLC

Mary Tinetti

Personal Associations

Professor and Director of Program on Aging, Yale University School of Medicine

Financial Associations

Receives an annual stipend over $50,000 from:
The MacArthur Foundation as a Fellow (through 2014)
Atlantic Philanthropies as a Fellow

Clyde Yancy

Personal Associations

Chair of Cardiology, Northwestern University School of Medicine

Financial Associations

None identified