21st Century Cures

The 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) is landmark, bipartisan legislation that was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016, and touches virtually all aspects of biomedical research, medical product development and the regulatory approval process. Read what FasterCures has said about 21st Century Cures over the years.

FasterCures worked closely with Congress, federal agencies and the advocacy community throughout the legislation’s journey to the president’s desk. In February 2017, we debuted the 21st Century Cures Tracker to track the implementation of the 100+ sections in Division A, which include the key provisions relevant to biomedical research and innovation. (Other divisions of the law pertain to mental health and Medicare; since those are not areas of focus for FasterCures, we will not be actively tracking them here.) Learn more about how to use the tracker with our FAQs page.

A few examples of the issues we will be tracking include the impact of changes to the National Institutes of Health’s administrative requirements for grantees, how the Food and Drug Administration implements new changes designed to enhance patient engagement and how the Department of Health and Human Services is using its new authorities to promote health information technology interoperability.

Many external factors will affect the progress of these initiatives, including policies related to hiring freezes and uncertain funding levels. This tracker is not meant to be a pass/fail report card, but rather a snapshot in time that can help explain impact and identify where progress is needed.

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FasterCures' 21st Century Cures Act Tracker (P.L. 114-255)

Status Section Tracked Deadlines and Requirements Update Date of Update Tags
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2062. Tick-borne diseases. Requires HHS to establish the "Tick-Borne Disease Working Group." (And subsequent sun-setting of the working group 6 years after enactment of the act.)
12/13/2018 (and every 2 years thereafter): delivery of a summary of tick-born disease research, treatment, and epidemiological studies.

6/5/2018: The Working Group announced a meeting on June 21, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. that will focus on subcommittee findings and will review and provide input on the content of the five chapters that will be submitted into the Working Group Congressional Report.

4/9/2018: The Working Group announced meeting on May 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. that will focus on the findings and basis for the draft reports from the work of the six Subcommittee Working Groups that were established on December 12, 2017. 

2/12/2018: The Working Group held a public meeting on February 12, 2018

12/13/2017: The Working Group held a public meeting on December 11 & 12, 2017

7/17/2017: HHS announced the establishment the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group and launched the group's website.

20180605 06/05/2018 CDC, FDA, HHS, NIH, Reports, Research
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2063. Accessing, sharing, and using health data for research purposes. 12/13/2017: requires HHS issuance of guidance clarifying that remote access of health data by researchers (under appropriate circumstances) is not forbidden by regulation.
12/13/2017: requires HHS issuance of guidance clarifying requirements for the authorized disclosure of protected health information for research.
12/13/2017: requires HHS establishment of a "Working Group on Protected Health Information for Research" to study and, within 1 year of establishment, report on whether the uses and disclosures of protected health information for research purposes should be modified.
12/13/2017: requires submission of a report to the HHS Secretary

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, Data Sharing, FDA, Guidances, HHS, NIH, Regulatory Affairs, Reports, Research
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3041. Antimicrobial resistance monitoring. 12/13/2017, and annually thereafter: requires FDA and CDC to issue reports addressing national trends in antimicrobial use and resistance to those drugs.

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, FDA, HHS, Infectious Disease, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3071. Silvio O. Conte Senior Biomedical Research and Biomedical Product Assessment Service. 12/13/2020: requires GAO submission to Congress of a report on the effect of these amendments to HHS hiring authorities.

7/17/2017: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced a new hiring pilot, aimed at helping the agency fill hundreds of empty staff positions, including 500 just at its drug center.
5/25/2017: The hiring freeze of the administration was lifted from FDA.
3/10/2017: Read our memo, "Strengthening FDA’s Workforce: Opportunities for Action"
1/20/2017: Plans to reduce the size of the Federal workforce may adversely impact FDA.

20170717 07/17/2017 FDA, GAO, HHS, NIH, Reports, Workforce
fa fa-2x fa-binoculars Sec. 3081. Medical countermeasure guidelines. 3/1/2017 (and each year thereafter in which there is less that $1.5 billion available for procurement of medical countermeasures): requires HHS to deliver a report to Congress describing the impact this may have on national security needs.

Up to date ASPR Budget and Funding is available. 

20180426 04/26/2018 Funding, HHS, Medical Countermeasures, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3084. Medical countermeasures innovation. 12/13/2020: requires GAO publication of a review of medical countermeasure innovation program established by this provision. The program will sunset on 9/30/2022.

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 BARDA, GAO, HHS, Medical Countermeasures, Medical Product Development, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-check Sec. 3093. Encouraging vaccine innovation. 12/13/2017: requires HHS to submit a report to Congress on promoting innovation in infectious disease vaccine development.

4/4/2018: HHS is seeking comment on a proposed amendment to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) Vaccine Injury Table to include vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for routine administration in pregnant women.

2/8/2018: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee held a public meeting on February 7 & 8, 2018. Sessions consisted of presentations on vaccine innovation, including the current status of adjuvants in vaccines, universal influenza, and an overview on the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' Report to Congress on Vaccine Innovation in response to the 21st Century Cures Act. Recording available here

6/8/2017: The National Vaccine Advisory Committee 2017 meeting on June 6 and June 7 with include an update on the the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' report on vaccine innovation required by this section and other themes related to encouraging vaccine innovation. Information on the final meeting agenda will be posted prior to the meeting on the NVAC website.

20180404 04/04/2018 BARDA, CDC, FDA, HHS, Infectious Disease, NIH, Reports, Vaccines
fa fa-2x fa-binoculars Sec. 4001. Assisting doctors and hospitals in improving quality of care for patients. 6/13/2017: requires ONC issuance of a report on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Meaningful Use Incentive program.
6/13/2017: requires the Secretary of HHS to submit to the HIT Advisory Committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a report concerning attestation statistics for the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use Incentive Program.
6/13/2018: requires ONC issuance of recommendation for a voluntary certification program for health IT use in pediatric settings.
12/13/2018: requires ONC adoption of certification criteria for a voluntary certification program for health IT use in pediatric settings.
12/13/2018: requires HHS issuance of a strategy and recommendations for improving patient care and reducing the administrative burden of electronic health record use by medical professionals.

5/10/2018: No ONC report on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Meaningful Use Incentive program could be found on the ONC website. 

ONC provides information on its website related to Meaningful Use and MACRA. 

ONC provides information on pediatric health IT through the Health IT Playbook: 11.2 Find resources for pediatric health IT

20180510 05/10/2018 Health IT, HHS, ONC, Reports

 

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