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Congress Approves Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Mission Zero Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives June 4 passed S. 1279, The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act of 2019This legislation was first created to improve the nation’s response to public health and medical emergencies and called for appointing an Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to oversee the nation’s preparedness for disaster response. The ASPR’s responsibilities would include implementation of the recommendations from the June 2016 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.

Included in this reauthorization is the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported Mission Zero Act. Mission Zero builds upon the legislative framework passed in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act by further incorporating military trauma care providers into the civilian setting. These military-civilian trauma care partnerships will increase military health care readiness and ensure the provision of high-quality trauma care both domestically and abroad.

The ACS applauds the work of the Senate and House to get this bill passed and to the President’s desk for signature. “PAHPAI represents significant progress in the process of ensuring that trauma systems, centers, and health care providers are able to meet the needs of all Americans,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS. “This legislation establishes the framework for a trauma system that can provide the highest-quality emergency medical care.”

Read the ACS press release. For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org.  

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