SECTION 1 (TITLE):
This act shall be known as the Equitable Health Outcomes Act.

SECTION 2 (PURPOSE):
To establish data collection standards to save lives, promote equitable health care outcomes, and decrease healthcare costs and ensure quality healthcare for all through a Health Outcomes Review Board.

SECTION 3 (PROVISIONS):

(a) Beginning one year from the effective date of this law, an entity required to collect health data and report it to DEPARTMENT shall include, in the patient data collected, the following information, using the minimum standards for data collection as outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services:
(b) There is hereby established an Health Outcomes Review Board, which shall be tasked with annually reviewing and reporting data on health outcomes, including illnesses, treatments, and cause of death, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and language in STATE, and facilitating adoption of solutions that will improve health outcomes in STATE.
(c) The Board shall be composed of a minimum of twenty-one and a maximum of twenty-five members that the highest-ranking state health official (“Health Official”) shall appoint to serve three-year terms. The Health Official shall serve as Chair.
(d) The Health Official shall call the first Board meeting as soon as practicable following the appointment of a majority of Board members, and in no case later than six months after enactment of this Act. Thereafter, the Board shall meet pursuant to a schedule that is established during the first Board meeting, but no less than 4 times per calendar year. The Board may additionally meet at the call of the Chair.
(e) A majority of the total number of members appointed to the Board shall constitute a quorum for the conducting of official Board business. Any recommendations of the Board shall be approved by a majority of the members present.
(f) In addition to any relevant national or publicly available data, the Board shall have access to de-identified data sets collected by the DEPARTMENT.
(g) The Board shall:
(h) The Board may:
(j) Reports prepared by the Board shall detail which recommendations state DEPARTMENTS or others can pursue on their own without additional legislative action. Unless precluded by state or federal law, DEPARTMENTS may begin to enact recommendations immediately and shall issue public replies to Board reports indicating whether recommendations can or will be acted on, or any obstacles faced by DEPARTMENT in acting upon them.
(k) For recommendations that would require additional action by the legislature, the Board report shall include in the report specific requests and outlines of legislative action needed, including budget requests.
(l) DEPARTMENT is authorized to promulgate regulations to achieve the outcomes described in this Act.