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Health Research and Quality Act of 1999

Short Titles as Introduced

Health Research and Quality Act of 1999

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend title IX of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.


Actions Overview (3)

Date
09/28/1999Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 417 - 7 (Roll no. 457).
09/08/1999Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Commerce. H. Rept. 106-305.
07/14/1999Introduced in House

All Actions (72)

Date Chamber
09/30/1999SenateReceived in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on HELP.
09/28/1999-6:03pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/28/1999-6:03pmHouseThe Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 2506.
09/28/1999-6:03pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 417 - 7 (Roll no. 457).
09/28/1999-5:41pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
09/28/1999-5:41pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2506.
09/28/1999-5:40pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
09/28/1999-5:40pmHouseH.Amdt.503 On agreeing to the Traficant amendment (A015) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-5:36pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Traficant.
09/28/1999-5:36pmHouseH.Amdt.503 Amendment (A015) offered by Mr. Traficant.
09/28/1999-5:35pmHouseH.Amdt.502 On agreeing to the Thompson (CA) amendment (A014) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-5:24pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Thompson of California.
09/28/1999-5:24pmHouseH.Amdt.502 Amendment (A014) offered by Mr. Thompson (CA).
09/28/1999-5:23pmHouseH.Amdt.501 On agreeing to the McGovern amendment (A013) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-5:20pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. McGovern.
09/28/1999-5:20pmHouseH.Amdt.501 Amendment (A013) offered by Mr. McGovern.
09/28/1999-5:19pmHouseH.Amdt.500 On agreeing to the Johnson (CT) amendment (A012) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-4:46pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut.
09/28/1999-4:46pmHouseH.Amdt.500 Amendment (A012) offered by Mrs. Johnson (CT).
09/28/1999-4:44pmHouseH.Amdt.499 On agreeing to the Stearns amendment (A011) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-4:36pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Stearns.
09/28/1999-4:36pmHouseH.Amdt.499 Amendment (A011) offered by Mr. Stearns.
09/28/1999-4:35pmHouseH.Amdt.498 On agreeing to the Tierney amendment (A010) as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-4:11pmHouseH.Amdt.498 Tierney amendment (A010) modified by unanimous consent. The modification clarifies that the studies shall include an examination of financial impacts of a range of health reforms to include but are not limited a single payor insurance protram.
09/28/1999-4:07pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Tierney.
09/28/1999-4:07pmHouseH.Amdt.498 Amendment (A010) offered by Mr. Tierney.
09/28/1999-4:06pmHouseH.Amdt.497 On agreeing to the Tierney amendment (A009) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:49pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Tierney.
09/28/1999-3:49pmHouseH.Amdt.497 Amendment (A009) offered by Mr. Tierney.
09/28/1999-3:48pmHouseH.Amdt.496 On agreeing to the Pascrell amendment (A008) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:43pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Pascrell.
09/28/1999-3:43pmHouseH.Amdt.496 Amendment (A008) offered by Mr. Pascrell.
09/28/1999-3:42pmHouseH.Amdt.495 On agreeing to the Thompson (CA) amendment (A007) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:36pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Thompson of California.
09/28/1999-3:36pmHouseH.Amdt.495 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Thompson (CA).
09/28/1999-3:35pmHouseH.Amdt.494 On agreeing to the Davis (IL) amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:32pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Davis of Illinois.
09/28/1999-3:32pmHouseH.Amdt.494 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Davis (IL).
09/28/1999-3:31pmHouseH.Amdt.493 On agreeing to the Davis (IL) amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:26pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Davis of Illinois.
09/28/1999-3:26pmHouseH.Amdt.493 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Davis (IL).
09/28/1999-3:25pmHouseH.Amdt.492 On agreeing to the Jackson-Lee (TX) amendments (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:16pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendments offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas.
09/28/1999-3:16pmHouseH.Amdt.492 Amendments (A004) offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee (TX).
09/28/1999-3:15pmHouseH.Amdt.491 On agreeing to the Davis (IL) amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:10pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Davis of Illinois.
09/28/1999-3:10pmHouseH.Amdt.491 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Davis (IL).
09/28/1999-3:09pmHouseH.Amdt.490 On agreeing to the Andrews amendment (A002) as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:06pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the amendment offered by Mr. Andrews.
09/28/1999-3:06pmHouseH.Amdt.490 Andrews amendment (A002) modified by unanimous consent. The modification clarifies that the linkages must meet appropriate criteria.
09/28/1999-3:06pmHouseH.Amdt.490 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Andrews.
09/28/1999-3:03pmHouseH.Amdt.489 On agreeing to the Bilirakis amendments (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/28/1999-3:02pmHouseH.Amdt.489 Amendments (A001) offered by Mr. Bilirakis.
09/28/1999-3:02pmHouseDEBATE - The Committee is debating the en bloc amendment offered by Mr. Bilirakis.
09/28/1999-2:54pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2506.
09/28/1999-2:54pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Edward A. Pease to act as Chairman of the Committee.
09/28/1999-2:54pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 299 and Rule XXIII.
09/28/1999-2:53pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 2506 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Commerce now printed in the bill. Measure will be read by section. Specified amendments are in order.
09/28/1999-2:53pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 299. (consideration: CR H8911-8941)
09/28/1999-2:53pmHouseRule H. Res. 299 passed House.
09/22/1999-6:41pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 299 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2506 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Commerce now printed in the bill. Measure will be read by section. Specified amendments are in order.
09/08/1999HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 183.
09/08/1999HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Commerce. H. Rept. 106-305.
08/05/1999HouseMs. Pryce (OH) asked unanimous consent that the Committee on Commerce have until midnight on Sept. 7 to file a report on H.R. 2506. Agreed to without objection.
08/05/1999HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
08/05/1999HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
07/27/1999HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote.
Action By: House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment
07/27/1999HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment
07/23/1999HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health and Environment.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
07/14/1999HouseReferred to the House Committee on Commerce.
07/14/1999HouseSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E1540-1541)
07/14/1999HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (8)


Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Commerce07/14/1999 Referred to
08/05/1999 Markup by
09/08/1999 Reported by H. Rept. 106-305
House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment07/23/1999 Referred to
07/27/1999 Markup by
07/27/1999 Reported by
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions09/30/1999 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House amended (09/28/1999)

Health Research and Quality Act of 1999 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish within the Public Health Service (PHS) an Agency for Health Research and Quality, headed by a director (Agency Director) appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to replace the current Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Directs the Secretary to carry out the provisions of this Act relating to the new Agency and its mission and duties through the Agency Director.

(Sec. 2) Establishes within the Agency the Office on Special Populations through which the Agency Director shall conduct and support research and evaluations, and support demonstration projects, with respect to health services and needs of various groups, including minorities, children, the elderly, and the disabled.

Requires the Agency Director to annually submit to Congress a report on health care delivery disparities with regard to racial and socioeconomic factors in priority populations.

Directs the Agency to identify and disseminate methods or systems used to assess health care research results, particularly to rate the strength of the scientific evidence behind health care practice and technology recommendations in the research.

Requires the Agency to employ research strategies and mechanisms that will link research directly with clinical practice in geographically diverse locations throughout the United States, including: (1) health care improvement research centers that combine demonstrated multidisciplinary expertise in outcomes or quality improvement research with linkages to relevant sites of care; (2) provider-based research networks, including plan, facility, or delivery system sites of care (especially primary care), that can evaluate outcomes and evaluate and promote quality improvement; and (3) other innovative mechanisms or strategies.

Authorizes the Agency to provide specified scientific and technical support for private and public efforts to improve health care quality, including accrediting organizations.

Requires the Director to: (1) conduct and support research and build private-public partnerships to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of and access to health services regarding cancer and cardiovascular diseases in women; and (2) conduct studies of the organization, delivery, and financing of health services to determine the cost and quality effects of various methods of increasing the number of individuals who have access to such services.

Requires the Agency to conduct and support initiatives to establish, on a web site maintained by the Agency Director, various links to enable users to evaluate the quality of health care, including health care through health maintenance organizations.

Directs the Secretary, acting through the Agency Director, to establish a program of grants for one or more centers to conduct: (1) state-of-the-art research on drugs, biological products, and devices; (2) research on the comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and safety of drugs, biological products, and devices; (3) research on methods to reduce consumer costs of prescription drugs; and (4) other appropriate activities (excluding the review of new drugs).

Requires the Agency Director to: (1) collect certain data on the cost and quality of health care; (2) support research on and initiatives to advance the use of information systems for the study of health care quality; and (3) provide ongoing administrative, research, and technical support for the Preventive Services Task Force, which shall review scientific evidence on the effectiveness, appropriateness, and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services regarding their usefulness in daily clinical practice.

Establishes within the Agency a Center for Primary Care Research to serve as the principal funding source for Department of Health and Human Services primary care delivery research and demonstrations with respect to the first contact when illness or health concerns arise, the diagnosis, treatment or referral to specialty care, preventive care, and the relationship between the clinician and the patient in the context of the family and community.

Requires the Agency Director by specified activities to promote innovation in evidence-based health care practices and technologies, including: (1) promoting evidence-based clinical practices for health professionals with regard to medical examinations for victims of child or elder abuse, sexual assault, or domestic violence; and (2) developing recommendations regarding the placement of automatic external defibrillators in Federal buildings for improving the survival rates for cardiac arrest.

Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director, to coordinate all research, evaluations, and demonstrations related to health services research and quality measurement and improvement activities undertaken and supported by the Federal Government.

Establishes the National Advisory Council for Health Care Research and Quality to replace the current Advisory Council for Health Care Policy, Research, and Evaluation.

Requires the Agency Director to establish technical and scientific peer review groups to review each application for a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract under the provisions of this Act relating to the new Agency and its mission and duties.

Repeals the mandates for: (1) a demonstration program regarding centers for education and research on therapeutics; and (2) the Office of the Forum for Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care.

Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 3) Directs the Secretary, acting through appropriate PHS agencies, to make grants to public or nonprofit private entities for the establishment and operation of regional centers to identify particular populations of patients and facilitate appropriate patient utilization of preventive health services through developing and disseminating strategies to improve the methods used by public and private health care programs and providers in interacting with such patients. Requires applicant entities to meet certain requirements with regard to quality management in order to be eligible to receive such a grant. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 4) Requires the Secretary to make two payments, determined in accordance with a specified formula and guidelines, to each children's hospital for each of FY 2000 and 2001, one for the direct expenses and the other for indirect expenses associated with operating approved graduate medical residency training programs. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the appropriate PHS agencies, to study and report to Congress on whether and to what extent there is a shortage of licensed pharmacists.

(Sec. 6) Requires the Agency Director to report to Congress with regard to telemedicine services, care, and consultations.

(Sec. 7) Prohibits any funds authorized pursuant to this Act from being expended by an entity unless the entity complies with the Buy American Act. Expresses the sense of Congress that, in the case of any equipment or products that may be authorized to be purchased with financial assistance provided under this Act, the entities receiving such assistance should, in expending such assistance, purchase only American-made equipment and products. Directs the Secretary, in providing financial assistance under this Act, to provide to each assistance recipient a notice describing the congressional statement above.