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H.R. 5002 (102nd): Medicare Beneficiary Access and Financial Protection Act of 1992


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4/28/1992--Introduced. Medicare Beneficiary Access and Financial Protection Act of 1992 - Amends part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) of title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to provide that Medicare beneficiaries are not liable for nonparticipating physicians' charges in excess of authorized amounts. Requires physicians to refund excess charges to beneficiaries within 30 days. Authorizes sanctions against physicians who knowingly and repeatedly overcharge beneficiaries, or who fail to make timely refunds. Requires information with respect to non-liability for excess charges and availability of refunds to be included in the annual notice of Medicare benefits. Requires Medicare carriers to conduct prepayment screenings of services furnished by nonparticipating physicians. Requires a study on notifying nonparticipating physicians of limiting charges, beneficiary liability limitations, and the requirement for timely refunds of excess charges.