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Senate Health Committee Approves MISSION ZERO as Part of Emergency Preparedness Legislation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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May 23, 2018


The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved one of the Trauma Center Association of America’s (TCAA’s) top federal priorities, the Military Injury Surgical Systems Integrated Operationally Nationwide to Achieve ZERO Preventable Deaths (MISSION ZERO) Act. The MISSION ZERO Act, which passed the U.S. House unanimously on February 26, 2018, requires the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to award grants that would enable military trauma care providers and trauma teams to provide trauma care and related acute care at civilian trauma centers.


MISSION ZERO was included as part of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 (PAHPA), a bill to reauthorize and expand a number of programs aimed at improving the nation’s public health and medical preparedness.


TCAA worked in consultation with stakeholders in the trauma community to develop the MISSION ZERO Act based on recommendations made in a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).


The MISSION ZERO Act will allow civilian trauma centers to leverage the experience, knowledge and advances in trauma care that our military has gained through their experiences in areas like Iraq and Afghanistan. By encouraging and facilitating coordination between the military and civilian providers, we can help to ensure a ready military medical force for future combat, while working to eliminate preventable trauma deaths and disability both at home and abroad.


TCAA has been working closely with Congress and our stakeholder partners in the trauma care community to develop and gain support for MISSION ZERO. Thanks to these efforts, and the efforts of our industry partners, MISSION ZERO’s goal of increasing access to world-class training and patient care is one step closer to becoming a reality.


The full Senate must consider and approve the bill, and it must be reconciled with the House version of the bill before MISSION ZERO becomes law.  In the coming weeks, as Congress continues working on these key priorities, TCAA will continue to engage key Members in both the House and Senate to ensure the voice of trauma centers is heard on Capitol Hill.


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