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Federal Legislative Priorities

Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is actively advocating for the successful reauthorization of PAHPA, while also urging consideration and inclusion of some of our trauma-related priorities.

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Ensuring Access to General Surgery

The ACS strongly supports the Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act of 2017. This legislation would direct the HHS Secretary, through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), to conduct a study on general surgery workforce shortage areas and collect data on the adequacy of access to surgical services.

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Support Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act would help to ensure that the threat of unanticipated costs do not deter a patient from having the screening performed.

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Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act

The ACS Commission on Cancer (CoC) believes palliative care plays an important role in improving quality of life for cancer patients. The Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act would improve the training of health professionals in palliative care.

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Liability Protections for EMTALA-Mandated Care

The Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act of 2017 would improve patient access to emergency care services by providing liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act to providers working under the EMTALA mandate.

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