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Title of Law:Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
Law #:Public Law 110-275
Passed by Congress:110th Congress (2nd Session)

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HR6331 Rangel (D-N.Y.) 7/09/08
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes.
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H.R.6331

One Hundred Tenth Congress
of the
United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
the third day of January, two thousand and eight

An Act

To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008'.

(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

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TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS

Sec. 301. Extension of TANF supplemental grants.

Sec. 302. 70 percent federal matching for foster care and adoption assistance for the District of Columbia.

Sec. 303. Extension of Special Diabetes Grant Programs.

Sec. 304. IOM reports on best practices for conducting systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research and for developing clinical protocols

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TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS

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SEC. 304. IOM REPORTS ON BEST PRACTICES FOR CONDUCTING SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS OF CLINICAL EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH AND FOR DEVELOPING CLINICAL PROTOCOLS.

(a) Systematic Reviews of Clinical Effectiveness Research-

(1) STUDY- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (in this section referred to as the `Institute') under which the Institute shall conduct a study to identify the methodological standards for conducting systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research on health and health care in order to ensure that organizations conducting such reviews have information on methods that are objective, scientifically valid, and consistent.

(2) REPORT- Not later than 18 months after the effective date of the contract under paragraph (1), the Institute, as part of such contract, shall submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of Congress a report containing the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1), together with recommendations for such legislation and administrative action as the Institute determines appropriate.

(3) PARTICIPATION- The contract under paragraph (1) shall require that stakeholders with expertise in conducting clinical effectiveness research participate on the panel responsible for conducting the study under paragraph (1) and preparing the report under paragraph (2).

(b) Clinical Protocols-

(1) STUDY- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (in this section referred to as the `Institute') under which the Institute shall conduct a study on the best methods used in developing clinical practice guidelines in order to ensure that organizations developing such guidelines have information on approaches that are objective, scientifically valid, and consistent.

(2) REPORT- Not later than 18 months after the effective date of the contract under paragraph (1), the Institute, as part of such contract, shall submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of Congress a report containing the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1), together with recommendations for such legislation and administrative action as the Institute determines appropriate.

(3) PARTICIPATION- The contract under paragraph (1) shall require that stakeholders with expertise in making clinical recommendations participate on the panel responsible for conducting the study under paragraph (1) and preparing the report under paragraph (2).

(c) Funding- Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated for the period of fiscal years 2009 and 2010, $3,000,000 to carry out this section.

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