John Mayer selected to Effective Health Care expert panel

John Mayer, DC, PhD, the Lincoln College Endowed Chair in Biomechanical and Chiropractic Research and associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been selected to serve as a member of an expert panel for a comparative effectiveness review as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program.

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Dr. John Mayer

The National Advisory Council for the AHRQ provides advice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary and the director of the Agency. The Council consists of 21 members from the private sector and seven ex-officio members from other federal health agencies. Members include experts from such institutions as Dartmouth College, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health & Science University, along with experts from ECRI and the HHS.

Dr. Mayer, who is the Lincoln College Endowed Chair in Biomechanical and Chiropractic Research at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, will help conduct the comparative effectiveness review called Spinal Fusion for the Treatment of Low Back Pain Secondary to Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease. The review was nominated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help inform decision-makers about the treatment of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine, including best treatment selection for patients with different degenerative conditions and demographic characteristics.

The panel, which meets several times over the course of a year, will provide expertise and guidance for developing and finalizing the review.  The results will be published on the EHC Program website and often are also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.