42 U.S. Code § 299b–1 - Private-public partnerships to improve organization and delivery
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(a) Support for efforts to develop information on quality
(1) Scientific and technical support
In its role as the principal agency for health care research and quality, the Agency may provide scientific and technical support for private and public efforts to improve health care quality, including the activities of accrediting organizations.
(2) Role of the Agency
With respect to paragraph (1), the role of the Agency shall include—
(A) the identification and assessment of methods for the evaluation of the health of—
(B) the ongoing development, testing, and dissemination of quality measures, including measures of health and functional outcomes;
(C) the compilation and dissemination of health care quality measures developed in the private and public sector;
(E) the development of survey tools for the purpose of measuring participant and beneficiary assessments of their health care; and
(b) Centers for education and research on therapeutics
(1) In general
The Secretary, acting through the Director and in consultation with the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, shall establish a program for the purpose of making one or more grants for the establishment and operation of one or more centers to carry out the activities specified in paragraph (2).
(2) Required activities
The activities referred to in this paragraph are the following:
(A) The conduct of state-of-the-art research for the following purposes:
(i) To increase awareness of—
(ii) To provide objective clinical information to the following individuals and entities:
(iii) To improve the quality of health care while reducing the cost of health care through—
(B) The conduct of research on the comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and safety of drugs, biological products, and devices.
(c) Reducing errors in medicine
The Director shall, in accordance with part C of this subchapter, conduct and support research and build private-public partnerships to—
(1) identify the causes of preventable health care errors and patient injury in health care delivery;
(2) develop, demonstrate, and evaluate strategies for reducing errors and improving patient safety; and
Source(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title IX, § 912, as added Pub. L. 106–129, § 2(a),Dec. 6, 1999, 113 Stat. 1656; amended Pub. L. 109–41, § 2(a)(1),July 29, 2005, 119 Stat. 424.)
A prior section 299b–1, act July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title IX, § 912, as added Pub. L. 101–239, title VI, § 6103(a),Dec. 19, 1989, 103 Stat. 2192; amended Pub. L. 102–410, §§ 5(a)(1), (c)(1), 6 (b),Oct. 13, 1992, 106 Stat. 2096, 2097, 2100, related to the duties of the Office of the Forum for Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 106–129.
2005—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 109–41inserted “, in accordance with part C of this subchapter,” after “The Director shall” in introductory provisions.
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