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                                H. R. 1382

    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the 
 regulatory operation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act 



                             March 20, 2003

 Mr. Shadegg introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
 Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 
   Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the 
  Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall 
           within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


                                 A BILL

    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the 
 regulatory operation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``EMTALA Regulatory Improvement Act of 


    (a) Notification of Providers When EMTALA Investigation Closed.--
Section 1867(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 42 U.S.C. 
1395dd(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(4) Notice upon closing an investigation.--The Secretary 
        shall establish a procedure to notify hospitals and physicians 
        when an investigation under this section is closed.''.
    (b) Prior Review by Peer Review Organizations in EMTALA Cases 
Involving Termination of Participation.--
            (1) In general.--Section 1867(d)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 
        1395dd(d)(3)) is amended--
                    (A) in the first sentence, by inserting ``or in 
                terminating a hospital's participation under this 
                title'' after ``in imposing sanctions under paragraph 
                (1)''; and
                    (B) by adding at the end the following new 
                sentences: ``Except in the case in which a delay would 
                jeopardize the health or safety of individuals, the 
                Secretary shall also request such a review before 
                making a compliance determination as part of the 
                process of terminating a hospital's participation under 
                this title for violations related to the 
                appropriateness of a medical screening examination, 
                stabilizing treatment, or an appropriate transfer as 
                required by this section, and shall provide a period of 
                5 days for such review. The Secretary shall provide a 
                copy of the organization's report to the hospital or 
                physician consistent with confidentiality requirements 
                imposed on the organization under such part B.''.
            (2) Effective date.--The amendments made by paragraph (1) 
        shall apply to terminations of participation initiated on or 
        after the date of the enactment of this Act.


    (a) Establishment.--The Secretary shall establish a Technical 
Advisory Group (in this section referred to as the ``Advisory Group'') 
to review issues related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor 
Act (EMTALA) and its implementation. In this section, the term 
``EMTALA'' refers to the provisions of section 1867 of the Social 
Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395dd).
    (b) Membership.--The Advisory Group shall be composed of 19 
members, including the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services and the Inspector General of the Department of Health 
and Human Services and of which--
            (1) 4 shall be representatives of hospitals, including at 
        least one public hospital, that have experience with the 
        application of EMTALA and at least 2 of which have not been 
        cited for EMTALA violations;
            (2) 7 shall be practicing physicians drawn from the fields 
        of emergency medicine, cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery, 
        orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics or a pediatric 
        subspecialty, obstetrics-gynecology, and psychiatry, with not 
        more than one physician from any particular field;
            (3) 2 shall represent patients;
            (4) 2 shall be staff involved in EMTALA investigations from 
        different regional offices of the Centers for Medicare & 
        Medicaid Services; and
            (5) 1 shall be from a State survey office involved in 
        EMTALA investigations and 1 shall be from a peer review 
        organization, both of whom shall be from areas other than the 
        regions represented under paragraph (4).
In selecting members described in paragraphs (1) through (3), the 
Secretary shall consider qualified individuals nominated by 
organizations representing providers and patients.
    (c) General Responsibilities.--The Advisory Group--
            (1) shall review EMTALA regulations;
            (2) may provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary 
        with respect to those regulations and their application to 
        hospitals and physicians;
            (3) shall solicit comments and recommendations from 
        hospitals, physicians, and the public regarding the 
        implementation of such regulations; and
            (4) may disseminate information on the application of such 
        regulations to hospitals, physicians, and the public.
    (d) Administrative Matters.--
            (1) Chairperson.--The members of the Advisory Group shall 
        elect a member to serve as chairperson of the Advisory Group 
        for the life of the Advisory Group.
            (2) Meetings.--The Advisory Group shall first meet at the 
        direction of the Secretary. The Advisory Group shall then meet 
        twice per year and at such other times as the Advisory Group 
        may provide.
    (e) Termination.--The Advisory Group shall terminate 30 months 
after the date of its first meeting.
    (f) Waiver of Administrative Limitation.--The Secretary shall 
establish the Advisory Group notwithstanding any limitation that may 
apply to the number of advisory committees that may be established 
(within the Department of Health and Human Services or otherwise).

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