H.R. 1770 (105th): Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, Abuse, and Waste Prevention Amendments of 1997

Jun 03, 1997 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Fortney “Pete” Stark
Representative for California's 13th congressional district
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Last Updated
Jun 03, 1997
39 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 2015 (Related)
Balanced Budget Act of 1997

Signed by the President
Aug 05, 1997


This bill was introduced on June 3, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 03, 1997
Referred to Committee Jun 03, 1997
Full Title

To prevent fraud, abuse, and waste in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs, and for other purposes.


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Title I - Accountability of Service Providers Part A: Sanction Authority Part B: Provider Enrollment Process Title II: Provider Reimbursement and Related Matters Part A: Coverage and Payment Limits Part B: Bankruptcy Provisions Title III: Medicare Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Services Title IV: Medicare Rural Health Clinics Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, Abuse, and Waste Prevention Amendments of 1997
Title I - Accountability of Service Providers
Part A - Sanction Authority
Amends title XI of the Social Security Act (SSA) to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exclude from the Medicare program an entity controlled by a family member or household member of a sanctioned individual.
Section 102 -
Authorizes the Secretary to impose civil monetary penalties (fines) for kickback violations, and for persons that contract with individuals excluded from participation in a Federal health care program, as well as for services ordered or prescribed by an excluded individual or entity.
Section 105 -
Amends SSA title XI to subject to fines false certification of eligibility to receive partial hospitalization and hospice services.
Section 106 -
Extends subpoena and injunction authority to enforcement of the exclusion of certain individuals and entities from participation in Medicare and State health care programs.
Section 107 -
Repeals the requirement that kickbacks and other specified acts involving Federal health care programs be willful as well as knowing to be subject to criminal penalties (thus allowing criminal penalties for knowing violations, even if not willful).
Section 108 -
Repeals the exception for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, thus subjecting it to criminal penalties for kickbacks and other specified acts involving Federal health care programs.
Section 109 -
Amends SSA title XVIII to modify the application of fines requirements to nonparticipating physicians for excess charges with respect to Medicare part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) enrollees.
Section 110 -
Makes physicians working at or on-call at specialty hospitals liable for certain fines for failure to comply with Medicare requirements concerning examination, treatment, or transfer of emergency patients and women in labor.
Section 111 -
Amends SSA title XI to expand the application of criminal penalty authority for kickbacks to all health care benefit programs. Authorizes the Attorney General: (1) to seek to impose civil penalties and treble damages on any person for certain criminal acts with respect to a Federal health care program; and (2) to petition a U.S. district court for an injunction prohibiting any person from engaging in such criminal acts.
Part B - Provider Enrollment Process
Amends SSA title XI to condition provider payment under the Medicare, Medicaid (SSA title XIX), and Maternal and Child Health Services (SSA title V) programs on the disclosure to the Secretary of certain applicable employer identification numbers and social security numbers, including those of individuals with an ownership or control interest in the provider. Requires verification of such information, and correction if necessary, by the Social Security Administration.
Section 122 -
Amends SSA title XVIII to authorize the Secretary to: (1) establish a procedure for enrollment and periodic reenrollment of individuals or entities that are not providers under a service provider agreement but that furnish health care items or services under Medicare; and (2) impose fees for initiation and renewal of provider agreements and for enrollment and periodic reenrollment of other individuals and entities furnishing health care items or services under Medicare.
Section 123 -
Amends SSA titles XVIII (Medicare) and XIX (Medicaid) to authorize the Secretary or a State to refuse to enter into Medicare or Medicaid agreements with individuals or entities convicted of felonies.
Section 124 -
Amends SSA title XI to: (1) direct the Secretary to require individuals and entities to furnish social security and employer identification numbers as a condition to receiving standard health care identifiers; and (2) authorize the Secretary to impose fees for such identifiers.
Title II - Provider Reimbursement and Related Matters
Part A - Coverage and Payment Limits
Amends title XVIII to:
(1) deny Medicare home health benefits for the mere drawing of blood from a homebound individual, without the need for other skilled nursing services;
(2) require monthly (rather than a one-time) certification of a hospice Medicare patient as terminally ill after the patient has received hospice services for over six months;
(3) base Medicare payment of hospice care furnished in an individual's home only on the geographic location at which the service is performed;
(4) deny coverage of hospice care for an individual not diagnosed as terminally ill; and
(5) revise the formula for determining, with respect to the reasonable cost of services, the value of a service provider's capital asset at the time of change of ownership, to set such value at the asset's historical cost, less depreciation allowed, to the owner of record on the date of enactment of this Act.
Section 206 -
Amends the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 to repeal the moratorium on a specified policy regarding the bad debts of hospitals.
Part B - Bankruptcy Provisions
Amends part A (General Provisions) of SSA title XI to provide that Medicare- and Medicaid-related actions are not stayed by bankruptcy proceedings, and Medicare- and Medicaid-related debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Amends SSA title XVIII to provide for the use of Medicare standards and procedures in bankruptcy proceedings.
Title III - Medicare Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Services
Amends SSA title XVIII, with respect to partial hospitalization services, to: (1) disallow such services in an individual's home or in an inpatient or residential setting; and (2) prescribe additional requirements for community mental health centers.
Section 303 -
Amends SSA title XVIII to authorize the Secretary to establish a prospective payment system for partial hospitalization services provided by a community mental health center. Limits Medicare beneficiary coinsurance to 20 percent of the new payment basis.
Title IV - Medicare Rural Health Clinics
Amends SSA title XVIII to:
(1) extend the current per-visit payment limits applicable to rural health clinics to provider-based clinics (other than clinics based in small rural hospitals with less than 50 beds);
(2) require clinics to have a quality assurance and performance improvement program as specified by the Secretary;
(3) limit to rural health clinics in the Federal program the Secretary's authority to waive the requirement that a clinic employ a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or certified nurse midwife or require their services at least 50 percent of the time;
(4) revise shortage area requirements;
(5) lower Medicare beneficiary coinsurance for rural health clinic services; and
(6) direct the Secretary to establish a prospective payment system for rural health clinic services, with beneficiary coinsurance limited to 20 percent of the new payment basis.

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