While the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has taken some steps to disseminate comparative clinical effectiveness research, as required under the Affordable Care Act, it has not taken other actions to help fully address dissemination requirements.

That is the finding of a Government Accountability Office report released March 3. To implement the ACA's requirement for developing a publicly available database that contains comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), AHRQ officials told GAO that they plan to create a webpage to list links to databases that could be used to search for research that evaluates and compares health outcomes and the clinical effectiveness, risks, and benefits of two or more medical treatments or services.

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