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US Laws | Affordable Health Care Act (HR3950F)
TITLE IV--PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASE AND IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH
Subtitle D--Support for Prevention and Public Health Innovation

"(C) evaluating such programs as they relate to changes in the health status of employees, the absenteeism of employees, the productivity of employees, the rate of workplace injury, and the medical costs incurred by employees; and (7202)

"(2) build evaluation capacity among workplace staff by training employers on how to evaluate employer-based wellness programs by ensuring evaluation resources, technical assistance, and consultation are available to workplace staff as needed through such mechanisms as web portals, call centers, or other means. (7203)

SEC. 399MM-1. NATIONAL WORKSITE HEALTH POLICIES AND PROGRAMS STUDY. (7204)

"(a) In General- In order to assess, analyze, and monitor over time data about workplace policies and programs, and to develop instruments to assess and evaluate comprehensive workplace chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs, policies and practices, not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this part, and at regular intervals (to be determined by the Director) thereafter, the Director shall conduct a national worksite health policies and programs survey to assess employer-based health policies and programs. (7205)

"(b) Report- Upon the completion of each study under subsection (a), the Director shall submit to Congress a report that includes the recommendations of the Director for the implementation of effective employer-based health policies and programs. (7206)

SEC. 399MM-2. PRIORITIZATION OF EVALUATION BY SECRETARY. (7207)

"The Secretary shall evaluate, in accordance with this part, all programs funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before conducting such an evaluation of privately funded programs unless an entity with a privately funded wellness program requests such an evaluation. (7208)

SEC. 399MM-3. PROHIBITION OF FEDERAL WORKPLACE WELLNESS REQUIREMENTS. (7209)

"Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, any recommendations, data, or assessments carried out under this part shall not be used to mandate requirements for workplace wellness programs.". (7210)

SEC. 4304. EPIDEMIOLOGY-LABORATORY CAPACITY GRANTS. (7211)(Text)

Title XXVIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300hh et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: (7212)

Subtitle C--Strengthening Public Health Surveillance Systems (7213)

SEC. 2821. EPIDEMIOLOGY-LABORATORY CAPACITY GRANTS. (7214)

"(a) In General- Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall establish an Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant Program to award grants to State health departments as well as local health departments and tribal jurisdictions that meet such criteria as the Director determines appropriate. Academic centers that assist State and eligible local and tribal health departments may also be eligible for funding under this section as the Director determines appropriate. Grants shall be awarded under this section to assist public health agencies in improving surveillance for, and response to, infectious diseases and other conditions of public health importance by-- (7215)

"(1) strengthening epidemiologic capacity to identify and monitor the occurrence of infectious diseases and other conditions of public health importance; (7216)

"(2) enhancing laboratory practice as well as systems to report test orders and results electronically; (7217)

"(3) improving information systems including developing and maintaining an information exchange using national guidelines and complying with capacities and functions determined by an advisory council established and appointed by the Director; and (7218)

"(4) developing and implementing prevention and control strategies. (7219)

"(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $190,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2013, of which-- (7220)

"(1) not less than $95,000,000 shall be made available each such fiscal year for activities under paragraphs (1) and (4) of subsection (a); (7221)

"(2) not less than $60,000,000 shall be made available each such fiscal year for activities under subsection (a)(3); and (7222)

"(3) not less than $32,000,000 shall be made available each such fiscal year for activities under subsection (a)(2).". (7223)

SEC. 4305. ADVANCING RESEARCH AND TREATMENT FOR PAIN CARE MANAGEMENT. (7224)(Text)

(a) Institute of Medicine Conference on Pain- (7225)

(1) CONVENING- Not later than 1 year after funds are appropriated to carry out this subsection, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall seek to enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to convene a Conference on Pain (in this subsection referred to as "the Conference"). (7226)

(2) PURPOSES- The purposes of the Conference shall be to-- (7227)

(A) increase the recognition of pain as a significant public health problem in the United States; (7228)

(B) evaluate the adequacy of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic pain in the general population, and in identified racial, ethnic, gender, age, and other demographic groups that may be disproportionately affected by inadequacies in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of pain; (7229)

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