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H.R. 6932 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program.

Introduced: 2018-09-27
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6932


    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2018

    Mr. Abraham (for himself, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Buchanan, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, and Mr. Graves of Louisiana) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Improvements to home health payment reforms under Medicare.

(a) Application of budget neutrality.—Section 1895(b)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395fff(b)(3)), as amended by section 51001(a)(2) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–123), is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A)(iv), in the fourth sentence—

(A) by striking “shall make” and inserting “shall not make”; and

(B) by striking “and shall provide a description” and all that follows through the period and inserting a period;

(2) in subparagraph (D)—

(A) in the subparagraph heading, by striking “assumptions” and inserting “observed evidence”;

(B) in clause (i)—

(i) by striking “differences between assumed” and all that follows through “and actual”;

(ii) by inserting “attributable to the implementation of paragraphs (2)(B) and (4)(B)” after “behavior changes”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following: “The Secretary shall publish the determination under this clause with respect to an applicable year, including a description of the observed evidence used to make such determination, in the notice and comment rulemaking to update the prospective payment system under this subsection for such year. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term ‘observed evidence’ means statistically valid data from the most recent cost report and claims regarding changes in the nature of home health agency patients, patterns of care, service costs, and claims coding after January 1, 2020, reflecting behavioral changes relating to implementation of the provisions of and amendments made by section 51001 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–123).”;

(C) in clause (ii), by inserting “attributable to the implementation of paragraphs (2)(B) and (4)(B)” after “expenditures”; and

(D) in clause (iii)—

(i) by adding “attributable to the implementation of paragraphs (2)(B) and (4)(B)” after “expenditures”; and

(ii) by adding at the end the following: “If such a temporary increase or decrease does not exceed 2.00 percent in any given year, the Secretary shall apply the entire increase or decrease in the next calendar year payment update; however, if such a temporary increase or decrease exceeds 2.00, to provide for minimal disruption to patients and providers, the Secretary shall phase in the temporary increase or decrease in equal amounts not to exceed 2.00 percent in any given year through the respective calendar year payment updates.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of such section 51001(a)(2).


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