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senate Bill S. 2873


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Official Title

A bill to require studies and reports examining the use of, and opportunities to use, technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.


(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.

bill Progress

  • EnactedDecember 14th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed December 6th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • The senate Passed November 30th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 97 Yea / 0 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedApril 28th, 2016

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