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.