Public Law No: 114-270 (12/14/2016)(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on November 29, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act or the ECHO Act (Sec. 3)
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report on technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models, which connect specialists to primary care providers through videoconferencing to facilitate case-based learning, dissemination of best practices, and evaluation of outcomes.
The report must include: (1) an analysis of the use, integration, and impact of such models; (2) a list of such models recently funded by HHS; (3) recommendations to reduce barriers to adoption of such models; (4) opportunities for adoption of such models into HHS programs; and (5) recommendations regarding the role of such models in continuing medical education.
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