PAHPA Reauthorization Discussion Draft has Been Released / by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development 

Key members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees have released draft legislation to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, which is set to expire September 30th. Among other provisions, the bill would:

  • Reauthorize the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) through 2023
  • Require the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate existing performance measures, benchmarks and standards for the HPP and PHEP programs
  • Develop guidelines for regional systems of hospitals and other facilities of varying capabilities to treat patients and increase surge capacity during public health emergencies
  • Prioritize HPP grants to entities that enhance coordination among facilities in a regional public health emergency system

The Committee is accepting comments on the discussion draft through May 4th.