Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed S. 2873, the counterpart to H.R. 5395, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, or the ECHO Act, introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) in the House of Representatives. The Senate unanimously passed S. 2873 last week, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). It will now go to the President’s desk for signature.
“The legislation will help improve our understanding of how technology-enabled medical education can strengthen the collaboration between specialty care doctors and primary care doctors helping them better serve their communities. The most effective way to ensure widespread access to care is by harnessing models that have proven successful during implementation on a smaller scale, like that of Project ECHO,” said Congressman Burgess. “I am grateful for Congresswoman Matsui’s collaboration on this important legislation and that our fellow House members share in recognizing the importance of passing the ECHO Act this Congress.”
“Technology gives us the ability to connect our healthcare system in ways we never have been able to before,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “In Sacramento, we’ve seen how the Project ECHO model can harness the power of technology to bring specialty expertise to community health centers and other providers in underserved areas. By passing the ECHO Act, communities across the country will now be able to benefit from this successful model to better serve patients in areas such as pain management and addiction. I’m thankful to Congressman Burgess for his leadership on this legislation, and look forward to building on this progress as we work to elevate innovative models to improve patient care and save lives.”
The ECHO Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that aims to facilitate integration of Project ECHO or similar models into health systems across the country by requiring the Secretary to study and produce a report on the use and integration of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models by providers. According to CBO estimates, the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues in the 10-year budget window of 2017-2026.
Project ECHO, first started at the University of New Mexico in 2003, is a continuing medical education model that uses technology, such as interactive videoconferencing, to connect specialist physicians with primary care providers in rural and underserved areas. This guided practice model has proven overwhelmingly successful in growing workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement congratulating Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) on being selected as the next Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
“The Steering Committee’s election of Greg Walden is an indication of just how highly esteemed he is held by the members of this Conference. Greg has a proven, successful track record of leadership and reaching across the aisle to accomplish meaningful legislation. I look forward to working with him in the 115th Congress to build upon the Energy and Commerce Committee's record of success.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34).
“This has been a long time coming—after 4 years, 2 Congresses, and nearly 20 roundtables, hearings, meetings and field hearings, the House is finally able to deliver on its promise to patients across the country. The 21st Century Cures Act is one of the most comprehensive legislative concepts the Energy & Commerce Committee has ever crafted. It will make government an ally, rather than an obstacle, in the cycle of medical innovation. And I am proud to have been actively involved in its development.
“This bill makes desperately needed changes to bring our laws into a modern era of medicine and to keep our nation at the forefront of health care innovation, by streamlining regulation to deliver new therapies to all patients. I am pleased that several of my initiatives– including neurological research legislation and interoperability standards for Electronic Health Records – are part of this innovative step forward.
“Additionally, H.R. 34 includes months of hard work and dedication that have culminated into the most significant reform to the mental health system in more than a decade.
“The discretionary spending in the bill will ensure funding is subject to Congressional oversight and review through the appropriations process annually. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been invested in the success of this legislation. We have made patients and their families wait long enough for life-saving cures—and now I am pleased to assure that the wait is over.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services:
"Having worked alongside Dr. Price on critical health care issues in the House Doctors Caucus, I am personally familiar with Dr. Price’s approach to health care solutions and have witnessed his dedication to both the patient and physician. As we look towards the great task of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, there is no better person to help usher this through the Department of Health and Human Services. Congratulations to Dr. Price on this honorable nomination.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the passing of Fidel Castro.
"Having visited Cuba, I have seen the desperation and destruction that Fidel Castro's tyrant regime has cast over the Cuban people. While the end of this life signals a new beginning for the people of Cuba, all will be lost if the country's current leadership does not learn from the wrongdoings of past leaders to secure a more hopeful future for their people."
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it will not issue a final guidance to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs).
"I agree with the FDA’s decision not to move forward with this guidance. 21st Century medicine should not rely on trial-and-error, and unnecessary burdensome regulation of laboratory tests could send us back to the dark ages. As our country seeks to harness the value of precision medicine, we must not obstruct access to tools that enable clinicians to target treatment based on the personal profile of each individual patient. I am confident that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will continue to engage with patients, providers, clinical labs, researchers, and the rest of the medical community to ensure federal policies allow diagnostic innovation to advance the state of health care for all Americans."
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement after the House passed the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209).
“This legislation takes an important step to ensure more effective and efficient placement of maternity care providers in regions where they are needed the most through existing government programs. Consistent, high-quality maternity care is of the utmost importance for both a mother and baby to ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy. I appreciate that the House of Representatives shares my belief that no patients should ever have to compromise access to quality maternity care based on their location in the country.”
Highland Village, TX – Today, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, presented five U.S. Armed Forces members with the 2016 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation (CVC). The CVC, established in 2005, honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local community after selflessly serving their country in the military.
This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon hosted by the City of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community, veterans’ organizations and civic groups. The five recipients of the 2016 Congressional Commendation are:
Roberta DuTeil – Bartonville
William “Bill” Lawrence – Highland Village
(U.S. Air Force)
Virginia “Ginger” Simonson – Highland Village
Clinton Turner – Denton
Charles “Chuck” Wright – Frisco
(U.S. Marine Corps)
“While these selfless patriots may have retired their service uniforms, they are not finished serving our nation and our community,” said Burgess. “The caliber of this year’s nominations was overwhelmingly outstanding. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the nominees for their service to our country.”
“Our nation is truly blessed to have had such fine men and women answer the call to duty. As our armed forces bear the burden of protecting our liberty and freedom, our veterans deserve all of the respect and care that our country has to offer.”
Each recipient had their narrative read by Congressman Burgess who also presented the commendation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. Local fallen heroes of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts and their families were also recognized for the ultimate sacrifice they made to defend our nation and protect our freedom.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the FBI reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“The reopening of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is signal enough that her reckless actions in compromising national security are far more serious than the American people have been made aware. This time around the FBI must take a more thorough examination of Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified information and the severe risk at which she put all Americans—at home and abroad. I join Speaker Ryan in calling for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until the investigation is fully and properly conducted.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement about the impending premium cost increases for many Americans, due to the failure of ObamaCare.
"The 'Bad News Chickens' of ObamaCare have come home to roost. And if they live in Texas, this will mean a premium increase of 33 percent on average--or as much as 116 percent for some across the country. With higher deductibles and co-pays, it is no surprise that former President Bill Clinton called this a 'crazy system.' The problem is compounded by the fact that now fewer and fewer Commercial Health Insurance Companies are continuing to participate. Higher costs, fewer choices, narrower provider networks- all add up to big problems for millions of hardworking Americans who are trying to provide coverage for their families and have found the landscape has dramatically shifted against them. Will the problems be fixed with more federal subsidies, more onerous penalties, and further consolidation of the insurance market by the interposition of a so called 'public option?' Or is there a 'better way' with a patient centered plan that prioritizes affordability and choice?"
2336 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.
I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.
As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.
A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.
During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.
Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.
I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.
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