H.R. 15068 (93rd): A bill to amend part B of title XI of the Social Security Act to provide a more effective administration of Professional Standards Review of health care services, to expand the Professional Standards Review Organization activity to include review of services performed by or in federally operated health care institutions, and to protect the confidentiality of medical records.

May 29, 1974 (93rd Congress, 1973–1974)
Died (Referred to Committee) in a previous session of Congress

This bill was introduced on May 29, 1974, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

May 29, 1974
John Zwach
Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district
Related Bills
H.R. 14631 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 07, 1974


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Provides, under the Social Security Act, for the establishment and revision of Professional Standards Review Organization areas, such establishment and revision to take into account the recommendations of the doctors of medicine or osteopathy.
States that the final determination in the establishment or revision of any Professional Standards Review Organization area shall be subject to review in a civil action commenced by any interested person.
Directs the National Professional Standards Review Council to conduct a study for the purpose of evaluating whether, and under what conditions, organizations other than professional associations shall be allowed to perform review functions.
Requires each Professional Standards Review Organization to assume responsibility for professional standards review of health care services furnished by or in institutions operated by the Public Health Service and the Veterans Administration in the area which it serves.
Requires, in conjunction with such reviews, that procedures be developed whereby deficiencies shall be brought to the attention of administrators of the hospitals and other Federal institutions concerned.
Calls for the consolidation of data and reports compiled under these provisions.
Directs that criteria of health care shall be identified or developed by each Professional Standards Review Organization, giving due consideration to such criteria of care identified or developed by national medical specialty organizations.
States that such criteria of care shall be used by the Professional Standards Review Organization as guides of care.
Requires the National Professional Standards Review Council to provide for the distribution to each Professional Standards Review Organization, and to each other agency performing review functions, of appropriate materials indicating various guides being utilized in other geographical areas.
Provides for the protection of the confidentiality of medical records compiled under this Act. Empowers the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to enter into a contract with any State medical society or private nonprofit organization (including medical foundations) designated by a State medical society for the provision of necessary technical and other assistance in the creation and operation of local professional standards review organizations.

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