Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 1.djvu/243

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PUBLIC LAW 102-40—MAY 7, 1991 105 STAT. 215 "(ii) The level of risk for the procedure involved, based on— "(I) patient age; "(II) the type and severity of the disease; "(III) the effect of any complicating diseases; and "(IV) the degree of difficulty of the procedure, "(iii) Any other factor that the Chief Medical Director considers appropriate. "(d) Based on the information compiled and the comparisons, analyses, evaluations, and explanations made under subsections (b) and (c), the Chief Medical Director, in the report under subsection (f), shall make such recommendations with respect to quality assurance as the Chief Medical Director considers appropriate. "(e)(1) The Secretary shall allocate sufficient resources (including sufficient personnel with the necessary skills and qualifications) to enable the Administration to carry out its responsibilities under this section. "(2) The Inspector General of the Department shall allocate sufficient resources (including sufficient personnel with the necessary skills and qualifications) to enable the Inspector General to monitor the quality-assurance program. "(fKD Not later than February 1, 1991, the Chief Medical Director Reports, shall submit to the Secretary a report on the experience through the end of the preceding fiscal year under the quality-assurance program carried out under this section. "(2) Such report shall include— "(A) the data and other information compiled and the comparisons, analyses, and evaluations made under subsections (b) and (c) with respect to the period covered by the report; and "(B) recommendations under subsection (d). "(g)(1) Not later than 60 days after receiving such report, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a copy of the report, together with any comment concerning the report that the Secretary considers appropriate. "(2) A report submitted under paragraph (1) shall not be considered to be a record or document as described in section 5705(a) of this title. "§ 7312. Special medical advisory group "(a) The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee to be known as the special medical advisory group. The advisory group shall advise the Secretary, through the Chief Medical Director, and the Chief Medical Director directly, relative to the care and treatment of disabled veterans and other matters pertinent to the Administration. "(b) Members of the special medical advisory group shall be appointed by the Secretary upon the recommendation of the Chief Medical Director. The special medical advisory group shall be composed of— "(1) members of the medical, dental, podiatric, optometric, and allied scientific professions; "(2) other individuals considered by the Chief Medical Director to have experience pertinent to the mission of the Administration; and "(3) a disabled veteran. I