–The Comptroller General is to conduct a study on end stage renal disease patients to see if including coverage for specified oral drugs would reduce the overall cost to Medicare.
–Medicare is required to provide personalized preventive plan services to individuals every 12 months without charge. Coverage should include all care recommended with a grade of A or B by the Preventive Services Task Force.
–The HHS Secretary is to prepare a biennial report card on diabetes care by state, to be posted on the internet. The Secretary is to promote the education and training of physicians on the importance of birth and certificate data, particularly as it relates to diabetes. The Secretary, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine, is to conduct a study on diabetes and the practice of medicine and the level of diabetes medical education that should be required prior to licensure, board certification and recertification.
–$200 million is available for grants to small businesses to create wellness programs for their employees.
–A Cures Acceleration Network is to be created within the Office of the Director of NIH, for the purpose of awarding grants and contracts up to $15 million each, for the development of high need cures. High need cures are those with a priority to diagnose, prevent, or treat, and for which the incentives of the commercial market are unlikely to result in adequate or timely development. A 24-member review board will oversee this project.