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Introduced in House (07/30/2009)

DSH Collaborative Care Network Pilot Program Act of 2009 - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out a Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) pilot program under which participating DSHs shall receive additional Medicare funds to establish model projects to: (1) reduce the unnecessary use of items and services furnished in hospital emergency departments; (2) manage chronic conditions to reduce their severity, negative health outcomes, and expense; (3) provide more comprehensive and coordinated care to low-income vulnerable individuals and individuals without health insurance coverage or with inadequate coverage; (4) increase preventive services, including screening and counseling, to those who would otherwise not receive them; (5) ensure the availability of community-wide safety net services; and (6) accomplish other specified goals.

Makes funds available under the Pilot Program for a participating DSH to create and support collaborative care networks that would: (1) assist low-income individuals without adequate health care coverage access and use health services, as well as enroll in applicable public or private health insurance programs; and (2) improve health care by providing case management, application assistance, and appropriate referrals.

Directs the Secretary to create within HHS a Collaborative Care Network Center.