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Text of the Medicare Hospice Care Access Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on January 25, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 25, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3831

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Thompson of California) 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 provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Hospice Care Access Act of 2012.

2.

Recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians To serve hospice patients

(a)

Recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians To serve hospice patients

(1)

In general

Section 1861(dd)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(dd)(3)(B)) is amended—

(A)

by striking or nurse and inserting , the nurse; and

(B)

by inserting , or the physician assistant (as defined in such subsection) after subsection (aa)(5)).

(2)

Clarification of hospice role of physician assistants

Section 1814(a)(7)(A)(i)(I) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(a)(7)(A)(i)(I)) is amended by inserting or a physician assistant after a nurse practitioner.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2013.