In 2006, the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act
(PAHPA) was created to improve the
nation’s response to public health and medical emergencies. PAHPA also has a
great level of oversight authority over implementation and recommendations
within the June 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
(NASEM) report on trauma care, A National
Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve
Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.
Current status: PAHPA is facing another reauthorization before funding expires on September 30, 2018. Both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee have approved their versions of PAHPA reauthorization, Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (PAHPAI), (H.R. 6378/S. 2852) and are awaiting action before those bodies respectively.
The ACS is actively supporting PAHPAI in both the House and Senate due to inclusion of the ACS-supported Mission Zero Act (H.R. 880/S. 1022). The Mission Zero Act, would provide grant funding to assist integrating military trauma care providers into civilian trauma centers and is essential to ensuring trauma care readiness in times of both peace and war.