Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) last week introduced H.R. 1151, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would amend title IX of the Public Health Service Act to require more transparent operations at the United States Preventative Services Task Force.
H.R. 1151 would fundamentally reform the Task Force by requiring a balanced and relevant representation of medical personnel, requiring members to disclose conflicts of interest, and requiring consultation with those who treat the specific disease in question.
“I am concerned that decisions are being made without proper input from the specialists who treat these diseases,” Blackburn said. “Our legislation would require common sense coordination among relevant agencies and stakeholders while protecting the doctor-patient relationship. I’m happy to join Congressman Rush in introducing this legislation to ensure that preventive care recommendations are not made in a vacuum. Patients and their physicians have the right to choose which tests are best for them.”
“This bill will bring the appropriate specialists and stakeholders to the table, and add clarity to the process of making recommendations on the preventative services that should be available to the American people, said Rep. Rush. “I am pleased to work with Rep. Blackburn to ensure preventive service recommendations are informed by the right people and that choice remains a hallmark of the doctor/patient relationship.”