Text: H.R.1605 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/17/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1605


To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide loan repayment incentives for physician assistants, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2017

Ms. Bass introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide loan repayment incentives for physician assistants, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Improvement activity credit for service as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant training.

Section 1848(q)(2)(B)(iii) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(q)(2)(B)(iii)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subclause:

“(VII) The subcategory of workforce development, such as through service as a preceptor at a clinical training site for students training to become physician assistants.”.

SEC. 3. Reauthorization of primary care training and enhancement programs.

Section 747(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293k(c)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting after “2014” the following: “and each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022”; and

(2) in paragraph (2), by striking “Fifteen” and inserting “At least 15”.

SEC. 4. Grants for research on physician assistant education.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide grants to eligible entities to fund eligible researchers to increase research on physician assistant education.

(b) Application.—An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Condition of receipt.—As a condition of receipt of a grant under this section, an entity shall each year award not fewer than eight eligible researchers funds to support physician assistant education research.

(d) Report requirement.—An entity receiving a grant under this section shall provide to the Secretary with respect to each year that such entity receives funds under this section a report on the activities conducted using such funds, including—

(1) the number of researchers supported during such year by such entity using such funds;

(2) a list of the researchers counted under paragraph (1), organized by researcher, including—

(A) the institution such researcher is affiliated with; and

(B) the research topic of such researcher;

(3) citations to published clinical and scientific research by researchers described in paragraph (1) that is attributable to support under this section;

(4) an evaluation of the benefits of grants under this section; and

(5) any other information the Secretary may request.

(e) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) ELIGIBLE ENTITY.—The term “eligible entity” means an organization that—

(A) is a nonprofit organization; and

(B) has demonstrated expertise in physician assistant education and faculty development.

(2) ELIGIBLE RESEARCHER.—The term “eligible researcher” means, with respect to an eligible entity, a researcher that—

(A) has demonstrated expertise in physician assistant education and faculty development; and

(B) at such time and in such manner as such entity may require, provides such entity with a research proposal on improving physician assistant education and faculty development.

(3) PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION.—The term “physician assistant education” means selecting, educating, and graduating students in accredited graduate physician assistant educational programs.

(4) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.