There is one summary for S.3897. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (09/14/2006)

Medicare Data Access and Research Act - Amends title XI of the Social Security Act (SSA) to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to: (1) enter into data release agreements with specified agencies to provide access to relevant data submitted by prescription drug (PD) plans and MedicareAdvantage-Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans under part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of SSA title XVIII (Medicare) and linked to hospital, physician, and other relevant medical claims, utilization, and diagnostic Medicare and Medicaid (SSA title XIX) data; and (2) permit such an agency to link such data with other relevant health data as needed to accomplish its research objectives.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) enter into data use agreements with specified research centers and organizations to provide access to the same kind of data; (2) permit them to link it with other relevant health data for research purposes; and (3) prepare the linked sets of data for release not later than July 1, 2007.

Amends SSA title XVIII to direct the Secretary to provide a congressional support agency upon request with Medicare part D information for use in carrying out its functions and activities as mandated by Congress.