H.R.2679 - PREEMIE Reauthorization Act112th Congress (2011-2012)
Summary: H.R.2679 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)
Introduced in House (07/28/2011)
Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act or the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to expand, intensify, and coordinate NIH activities with respect to research on the causes of preterm labor and delivery, tools to detect, prevent, or reduce prevalence of preterm labor and delivery, and the care and treatment of preterm infants.
Establishes within NIH a multicenter clinical program to investigate problems in clinical obstetrics, improve the care and outcomes of neonates, and enhance the understanding of DNA and proteins as they relate to the underlying processes that lead to preterm birth.
Requires the Director to award grants for planning, establishing, improving, and providing basic operating support for transdisciplinary research centers for prematurity.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Surgeon General, to establish and implement a national science-based provider and consumer education campaign on promoting healthy pregnancies and preventing preterm birth.
Reauthorizes provisions related to research on prematurity and preterm births and sets forth specific areas for such research.
Requires the Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth to award grants to establish demonstration projects for: (1) obstetrical services for high risk women of child bearing age remotely using telehealth; and (2) educational activities regarding risk factors for preterm birth.
Expands a demonstration project to inform health care providers and the public and improve treatment and outcome for babies born preterm.
Requires the Secretary to establish the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.
Requires a study on hospital readmissions of preterm births.