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S. 3545 - Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-10-03
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S6496-6497)
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3545


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


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 3 (legislative day, September 28), 2018

    Ms. Collins (for herself, Ms. Stabenow, and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


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. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Improvements to Medicare innovations and managed care related to home health services.

(a) Expanded waivers in shared savings programs.—Section 1899(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 395jjj(f)), is amended by adding at the end the following: “Beginning not later than January 1, 2020, the Secretary shall include a waiver of the ‘confined to his home’ requirement under sections 1814(a)(2)(C) and 1835(a)(2)(A) in one or more programs under this section.”.

(b) Flexibility in Medicare advantage plans.—Section 1852 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww–2) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(n) Flexibility if providing home health services.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any MA organization shall be permitted to waive the ‘confined to his home’ requirement in the home health services benefit when the organization determines it is in the best interest of the enrollee.”.

SEC. 3. 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; and

(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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