Summary: S.2958 — 96th Congress (1979-1980)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/29/1980)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Federal Interagency Medical Resources Sharing and Coordination Act of 1980 - Directs the Secretary of Defense and the Administrator of the Veterans' Administration: (1) to evaluate the opportunities for the interagency sharing of medical resources and facilities between the Department of Defense and the Veterans' Administration; (2) to prescribe policies and procedures for such interagency sharing and monitor the implementation of such policies and procedures; (3) to consult with other Federal health care providers to ensure optimum coordination in the delivery of direct health care; and (4) within 180 days after enactment of this Act, to prescribe uniform guidelines for such interagency sharing to the directors of health care facilities of the Department and the Administration. Requires such guidelines to provide that: (1) the director of each facility shall enter into cooperative arrangements for providing health care to beneficiaries of other facilities; (2) the availability of direct health care to beneficiaries of an agency other than the providing agency shall be on a referral basis; (3) an agency shall be reimbursed for a medical service provided to a beneficiary of another agency; and (4) sharing agreements shall be operative upon agreement by medical facility directors unless disapproved by an agency involved.

Directs the Administration and the Department to submit to specified congressional committees a joint annual report regarding interagency medical resource sharing guidelines, opportunities, arrangements, and activities.