EO 13017
Effective Date: September 05, 1996

Responsible Office: Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, including the
Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), it is
hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. (a) There is established the Advisory
Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care
Industry (the "Commission").  The Commission shall be composed of
not more than 20 members to be appointed by the President.  The
members will be consumers, institutional health care providers,
health care professionals, other health care workers, health care
insurers, health care purchasers, State and local government
representatives, and experts in health care quality, financing,
and administration.

  (b) The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the
Secretary of Labor shall serve as Co-Chairs of the Commission. 
The Co-Chairs shall report through the Vice President to the

Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The Commission shall advise the President
on changes occurring in the health care system and recommend such
measures as may be necessary to promote and assure health care
quality and value, and protect consumers and workers in the
health care system.  In particular, the Commission shall:

  (1) Review the available data in the area of consumer
information and protections for those enrolled in health care
plans and make such recommendations as may be necessary for

  (2) Review existing and planned work that defines, measures,
and promotes quality of health care, and help build further
consensus on approaches to assure and promote quality of care in
a changing delivery system; and 

  (3) Collect and evaluate data on changes in availability of
treatment and services, and make such recommendations as may be
necessary for improvements.

  (b) For the purpose of carrying out its functions, the
Commission may hold hearings, establish subcommittees, and
convene and act at such times and places as the Commission may
find advisable.

Sec. 3. Reports. The Commission shall make a preliminary report
to the President by September 30, 1997.  A final report shall be
submitted to the President 18 months after the Commission's first

Sec. 4. Administration. (a) To the extent permitted by law, the
heads of executive departments and agencies, and independent
agencies (collectively "agencies") shall provide the Commission,
upon request, with such information as it may require for the
purposes of carrying out its functions.

  (b) Members of the Commission may receive compensation for
their work on the Commission not to exceed the daily rate
specified for Level IV of the Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5315). 
While engaged in the work of the Commission, members appointed
from among private citizens of the United States may be allowed
travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the
Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707) to the extent funds are
available for such purposes.

  (c) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the
availability of appropriations, the Department of Health and
Human Services shall provide the Commission with administrative
services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services
necessary for the performance of the Commission's functions.  The
Secretary of Health and Human Services shall perform the
administrative functions of the President under the Federal
Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), with respect
to the Commission.

Sec. 5.  General Provision.  The Commission shall terminate 30
days after submitting its final report, but not later than 2
years from the date of this order, unless extended by the

                         /s/William J. Clinton

September 5, 1996.


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