|Trauma Re-Authorization Legislation Clears U.S. House of Representatives|
On June 24th, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and approved three important pieces of trauma legislation on the House floor - H.R. 4080, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, H.R. 3548, Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014.
The Trauma Systems Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4080, would reauthorize two important grant mechanisms, the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Systems. The first supports state and rural development of trauma systems and the second funds pilot projects to design, implement, and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care. It would also direct states to update their model trauma care plan with the input of updated stakeholders one year after enactment.
H.R. 3548, Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014 amends the Federal definition of "trauma" to include burn injuries, defined as an 'injury resulting from extrinsic agents other than mechanical force, including those that are thermal, electrical, chemical, or radioactive.'
The American Trauma Society as well as other trauma groups, including the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), have been hard at work with U.S. Representatives Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX) and other Members of Congress to advance legislation in the House of Representatives. Our efforts now turn to the Senate, to ensure a corresponding bill (S. 2405) moves expeditiously through the legislative process.