The Charter of the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry
The Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry was established by Executive Order 13017, dated September 5, 1996, to advise the President on changes occurring in the health care system and, where appropriate, to make recommendations on how best to promote and assure consumer protection and health care quality.
Executive Order 13017, dated September 5, 1996, with an amendment made with Executive Order 13040, dated March 26, 1997. The Commission is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.
The Commission shall advise the President on changes occurring in the health care system and recommend measures as may be necessary to promote and assure health care quality and value, and protect consumers and workers in the health care system. In particular, the Commission will:
- review the available data in the area of consumer information and protections for those enrolled in health care plans and make recommendations as may be necessary for improvements.
- review existing and planned work that defines, measures, and promotes quality of health care, and will help build further consensus on approaches to assure and promote quality of care in a changing delivery system.
- collect and evaluate data on changes in availability of treatment and services, and make such recommendations as may be necessary for improvements.
The Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry shall be composed of not more than 32 members appointed by the President. The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Labor shall serve as Co-Chairs of the Commission. The Co-Chairs shall report through the Vice President to the President. The members will be: (I) consumers; (ii) institutional health care providers, including the public health community; (iii)health care professions, including representatives of essential care providers; (iv) other health care workers; (v) health care insurers; (vi) health care purchasers; (vii) state and local government; and (viii) experts in health care quality, financing, and administration.
The Members shall be invited to serve for the life of the Commission.
For the purpose of carrying out its function, the Commission may hold hearings, establish subcommittees, and convene and act at such times and places as the Commission may find advisable.
To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shall provide the Commission with administrative services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services necessary for the performance of the Commission's functions.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall perform the administrative functions of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), with respect to the Commission.
Meetings shall be held as often as necessary at the call of the Co-Chairs, who shall also approve the agenda. Meetings of the subcommittee(s) shall be convened as necessary.
Meetings shall be open to the public except as determined otherwise by the Co-Chairs; notice of all meetings shall be given to the public.
Meetings shall be conducted, and records of proceedings kept, as required by applicable laws and Departmental regulations.
Members may receive compensation for their work on the Commission at a rate not to exceed that specified for Level IV of the Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5315). While engaged in the work of the Commission, members appointed from among private citizens of the United States may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707) to the extent funds are available for such purposes.
Annual Cost Estimate:
Annual estimated cost for operating the Commission, including compensation and travel expenses for members, but excluding staff support, is $700,000. Estimate of annual person years of staff support is estimated at annual cost of $1,100,000.
The Commission shall make a preliminary report to the President by January 31, 1998. A final report shall be submitted to the President by March 30,1998.
The Commission shall terminate 30 days after submitting its final report, but not later than 2 years from the date of this charter, unless extended by the President.
This charter is approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services pursuant to the authority delegated to her by the President in Executive Order #13017.