H.R. 4378 (103rd): Rural Hospital Survival Act of 1994

Introduced:
May 10, 1994 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
William Clinger Jr.
Representative for Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
May 10, 1994
Length
19 pages
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Status

This bill was introduced on May 10, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced May 10, 1994
Referred to Committee May 10, 1994
 
Full Title

To amend the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to equalize the labor and non-labor portions of the standardized amounts used to determine the amount of payment made to rural and urban hospitals under part A of the medicare program for the operating costs of inpatient hospital services, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the capacity of rural hospitals to provide health services, and for other purposes.

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5/10/1994--Introduced.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - Programs of Health Care Financing Administration Subtitle A: Medicare Program Subtitle B: Other Programs Title II: Programs of Public Health Service Title III: Antitrust Provisions Title IV: Commission on Reducing the Burden of Regulations and Paperwork on Small Rural Hospitals Rural Hospital Survival Act of 1994
Title I - Programs of Health Care Financing Administration
Subtitle A - Medicare Program
Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act regarding guidelines for determining a national adjusted DRG (diagnosis-related group) prospective payment rate to instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to compute, for rural hospital discharges, beginning FY 1995, the portion of the average standardized amount attributable to wages and wage-related costs.
States that the portion of such amount not attributable to wages and wage-related rural hospital costs shall be equal to such portions of such amount for hospitals in another urban area.
Requires the Secretary to adjust the proportion of hospitals' costs taking into account only costs attributable to wages and salaries, employee benefits, and professional fees.
(This eliminates payment differentials between urban and rural hospitals.) Expresses the sense of the Congress that payment reductions made to providers under Medicare should be adjusted to reduce their disproportionate impact upon providers in rural areas.
Subtitle B - Other Programs
Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 to extend through FY 1997 the authorization of appropriations for rural health transition grants.
Title II - Programs of Public Health Service
Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary to make grants to public and private entities for demonstration projects for: (1) telecommunications which make medical advice and technologies available to rural area health professionals; and (2) increased access of rural populations to primary health services. Authorizes appropriations.
Title III - Antitrust Provisions
Provides antitrust exemption guidelines for certain rural hospitals.
Title IV - Commission on Reducing the Burden of Regulations and Paperwork on Small Rural Hospitals
Establishes the Advisory Commission on Reducing the Burden of Regulations and Paperwork on Small Rural Hospitals to analyze and report to the Secretary and the Congress on the impact on such hospitals of governmental regulations and paperwork.

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