H. R. 1792
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2013
Mr. Coffman(for himself andMr. Roe of Tennessee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on Veterans’ Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to report cases of reportable infectious diseases at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with State law.
This Act may be cited as the
Infectious Disease Reporting
Report of infectious disease at medical facilities of Department of Veterans Affairs
Section 7311 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
TheSecretaryshall report to the appropriate entity each case of a reportable infectious disease that occurs at a medical facility of theDepartment of Veterans Affairsin accordance with the laws of the State in which the facility is located.
In addition to reporting each case of a reportable infectious disease at a medical facility of theDepartmentpursuant toparagraph (1), theSecretaryshall report each such case to the accrediting organization of such facility.
If theSecretaryfails to report a case of a reportable infectious disease at a medical facility of theDepartmentin accordance with State law pursuant toparagraph (1), theSecretaryshall pay to the State an amount equal to the amount that a medical facility not owned by the Federal Government that is located in the same State would pay as a penalty to such State for such failure.
The State may file a civil action against theSecretaryin the United States district court for the district in which the medical facility is located to recover from the United States the amount described insubparagraph (A).
In this subsection, the termreportable infectious diseasemeans, with respect to a medical facility of theDepartment, a disease that the State in which the facility is located requires to be reported.
The reporting requirement under section 7311(f)of title 38, United States Code, as added bysubsection (a), shall apply with respect to a case of reportable infectious disease occurring at a medical facility of theDepartment of Veterans Affairson or after the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.