Summary: H.R.1020 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1020. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/01/2005)

National Pain Care Policy Act of 2005 - Directs the President to convene a White House Conference on Pain Care to identify barriers to appropriate pain care.

Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the National Center for Pain and Palliative Care Research. Establishes an advisory council for the Center.

Requires the Director of NIH to establish at least six regional pain research centers.

Requires the Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop and advance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of pain and palliative care. Permits the Secretary to award grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to public and private entities to educate and train health care professionals in pain and palliative care.

Directs the Secretary to implement a national campaign to inform the public on responsible pain management, related symptom management, and palliative care.

Requires the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services to develop and implement a pain care palliative initiative in all health care facilities of the uniformed services.

Amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare) to require Medicare Advantage organizations to meet certain pain care standards. Requires TRICARE (a Department of Defense managed health care program) to meet such pain care standards.

Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a pain care initiative in all health care facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.