H. R. 5974
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 25, 2018
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use on-site regulated medical waste treatment systems at certain Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Department of Veterans Affairs Creation of On-Site Treatment Systems Affording Veterans Improvements and Numerous General Safety Enhancements Act or the
VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act.
Use of on-site regulated medical waste treatment systems at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities
Identification of facilities
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall identify Department of Veterans Affairs facilities that would benefit from cost savings associated with the use of an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system over a five-year period.
Regulated medical waste cost analysis model
For purposes of carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall develop a uniform regulated medical waste cost analysis model to be used to determine the cost savings associated with the use of an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system at Department facilities. Such model shall be designed to calculate savings based on—
the cost of treating regulated medical waste at an off-site location under a contract with a non-Department entity, compared to
the cost of treating regulated medical waste on-site, based on the equipment specification of treatment system manufacturers, with capital costs amortized over a ten-year period.
At each Department facility identified under subsection (a), the Secretary shall secure, install, and operate an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system.
Use of blanket purchase agreement
Any medical waste treatment system purchased pursuant to this section shall be purchased under the blanket purchase agreement known as the
VHA Regulated Medical Waste On-Site Treatment Equipment Systems Blanket Purchase Agreement or any successor, contract, agreement, or other arrangement.
Regulated medical waste defined
In this section, the term
regulated medical waste has the meaning given such term under section 173.134(a)(5) of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, concerning regulated medical waste and infectious substances, or any successor regulation, except that, in the case of an applicable State law that is more expansive, the definition in the State law shall apply.
No additional funds authorized
No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated.
Passed the House of Representatives July 24, 2018.
Karen L. Haas,