PCORI (Patient-Center Outcomes Research Institute): a new, independent PPACA entity that will help set CER priorities. Relies on research projects that provide evidence on how defined health conditions can be prevented, diagnosed, monitored and treated. designed to help consumers, providers and policymakers make informed health decisions. The U.S. Comptroller General has appointed 19 members of the PCORI Board. The directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hold the other two PCORI board seats. See CER.