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H.R. 3716 (114th): Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 3, 2016 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3716

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 3, 2016

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to provide to the Secretary of Health and Human Services certain information with respect to provider terminations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act.

2.

Increasing oversight of termination of Medicaid providers

(a)

Increased oversight and reporting

(1)

State reporting requirements

Section 1902(kk) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(kk)) is amended—

(A)

by redesignating paragraph (8) as paragraph (9); and

(B)

by inserting after paragraph (7) the following new paragraph:

(8)

Provider terminations

(A)

In general

Beginning on July 1, 2018, in the case of a notification under subsection (a)(41) with respect to a termination for a reason specified in section 455.101 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on November 1, 2015) or for any other reason specified by the Secretary, of the participation of a provider of services or any other person under the State plan, the State, not later than 21 business days after the effective date of such termination, submits to the Secretary with respect to any such provider or person, as appropriate—

(i)

the name of such provider or person;

(ii)

the provider type of such provider or person;

(iii)

the specialty of such provider’s or person’s practice;

(iv)

the date of birth, Social Security number, national provider identifier, Federal taxpayer identification number, and the State license or certification number of such provider or person;

(v)

the reason for the termination;

(vi)

a copy of the notice of termination sent to the provider or person;

(vii)

the date on which such termination is effective, as specified in the notice; and

(viii)

any other information required by the Secretary.

(B)

Effective date defined

For purposes of this paragraph, the term effective date means, with respect to a termination described in subparagraph (A), the later of—

(i)

the date on which such termination is effective, as specified in the notice of such termination; or

(ii)

the date on which all appeal rights applicable to such termination have been exhausted or the timeline for any such appeal has expired.

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(2)

Contract requirement for managed care entities

Section 1932(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396u–2(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(5)

Contract requirement for managed care entities

With respect to any contract with a managed care entity under section 1903(m) or 1905(t)(3) (as applicable), no later than July 1, 2018, such contract shall include a provision that providers of services or persons terminated (as described in section 1902(kk)(8)) from participation under this title, title XVIII, or title XXI be terminated from participating under this title as a provider in any network of such entity that serves individuals eligible to receive medical assistance under this title.

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(3)

Termination Notification Database

Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(ll)

Termination notification database

In the case of a provider of services or any other person whose participation under this title, title XVIII, or title XXI is terminated (as described in subsection (kk)(8)), the Secretary shall, not later than 21 business days after the date on which the Secretary terminates such participation under title XVIII or is notified of such termination under subsection (a)(41) (as applicable), review such termination and, if the Secretary determines appropriate, include such termination in any database or similar system developed pursuant to section 6401(b)(2) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 1395cc note; Public Law 111–148).

.

(4)

No Federal funds for items and services furnished by terminated providers

Section 1903 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (i)(2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by striking the comma at the end and inserting a semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking or at the end; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

beginning not later than July 1, 2018, under the plan by any provider of services or person whose participation in the State plan is terminated (as described in section 1902(kk)(8)) after the date that is 60 days after the date on which such termination is included in the database or other system under section 1902(ll); or

; and

(B)

in subsection (m), by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph:

(3)

No payment shall be made under this title to a State with respect to expenditures incurred by the State for payment for services provided by a managed care entity (as defined under section 1932(a)(1)) under the State plan under this title (or under a waiver of the plan) unless the State—

(A)

beginning on July 1, 2018, has a contract with such entity that complies with the requirement specified in such subparagraph; and

(B)

beginning on January 1, 2018, complies with the requirement specified in section 1932(d)(6)(A).

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(5)

Development of uniform terminology for reasons for provider termination

Not later than July 1, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in consultation with the heads of State agencies administering State Medicaid plans (or waivers of such plans), issue regulations establishing uniform terminology to be used with respect to specifying reasons under subparagraph (A)(v) of paragraph (8) of section 1902(kk) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(kk)), as amended by paragraph (1), for the termination (as described in such paragraph) of the participation of certain providers in the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act or the Children’s Health Insurance Program under title XXI of such Act.

(6)

Conforming amendment

Section 1902(a)(41) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(41)) is amended by striking provide that whenever and inserting provide, in accordance with subsection (kk)(8) (as applicable), that whenever.

(b)

Increasing availability of Medicaid provider information

(1)

FFS provider enrollment

Section 1902(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)) is amended by inserting after paragraph (77) the following new paragraph:

(78)

provide that, not later than January 1, 2017, in the case of a State plan that provides medical assistance on a fee-for-service basis, the State shall require each provider furnishing items and services to individuals eligible to receive medical assistance under such plan to enroll with the State agency and provide to the State agency the provider’s identifying information, including the name, specialty, date of birth, Social Security number, national provider identifier, Federal taxpayer identification number, and the State license or certification number of the provider;

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(2)

Managed care provider enrollment

Section 1932(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396u–2(d)), as amended by subsection (a)(2), is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(6)

Enrollment of participating providers

(A)

In general

Beginning not later than January 1, 2018, a State shall require that, in order to participate as a provider in the network of a managed care entity that provides services to, or orders, prescribes, refers, or certifies eligibility for services for, individuals who are eligible for medical assistance under the State plan under this title and who are enrolled with the entity, the provider is enrolled with the State agency administering the State plan under this title. Such enrollment shall include providing to the State agency the provider’s identifying information, including the name, specialty, date of birth, Social Security number, national provider identifier, Federal taxpayer identification number, and the State license or certification number of the provider.

(B)

Rule of construction

Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall be construed as requiring a provider described in such subparagraph to provide services to individuals who are not enrolled with a managed care entity under this title.

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(c)

Coordination with CHIP

(1)

In general

Section 2107(e)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(e)(1)) is amended—

(A)

by redesignating subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), (I), (J), (K), (L), (M), (N), and (O) as subparagraphs (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), (I), (J), (K), (M), (N), (O), (P), (Q), and (R), respectively;

(B)

by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraphs:

(B)

Section 1902(a)(39) (relating to termination of participation of certain providers).

(C)

Section 1902(a)(78) (relating to enrollment of providers participating in State plans providing medical assistance on a fee-for-service basis).

;

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (K) (as redesignated by subparagraph (A)) the following new subparagraph:

(L)

Section 1903(m)(3) (relating to limitation on payment with respect to managed care).

; and

(D)

in subparagraph (P) (as redesignated by subparagraph (A)), by striking (a)(2)(C) and (h) and inserting (a)(2)(C) (relating to Indian enrollment), (d)(5) (relating to contract requirement for managed care entities), (d)(6) (relating to enrollment of providers participating with a managed care entity), and (h) (relating to special rules with respect to Indian enrollees, Indian health care providers, and Indian managed care entities).

(2)

Excluding from Medicaid providers excluded from CHIP

Section 1902(a)(39) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(39)) is amended by striking title XVIII or any other State plan under this title and inserting title XVIII, any other State plan under this title, or any State child health plan under title XXI.

(d)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed as changing or limiting the appeal rights of providers or the process for appeals of States under the Social Security Act.

(e)

OIG report

Not later than March 31, 2020, the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services shall submit to Congress a report on the implementation of the amendments made by this section. Such report shall include the following:

(1)

An assessment of the extent to which providers who are included under subsection (ll) of section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) (as added by subsection (a)(3)) in the database or similar system referred to in such subsection are terminated (as described in subsection (kk)(8) of such section, as added by subsection (a)(1)) from participation in all State plans under title XIX of such Act.

(2)

Information on the amount of Federal financial participation paid to States under section 1903 of such Act in violation of the limitation on such payment specified in subsections (i)(2)(D) and subsection (m)(3) of such section, as added by subsection (a)(4).

(3)

An assessment of the extent to which contracts with managed care entities under title XIX of such Act comply with the requirement specified in section 1932(d)(5) of such Act, as added by subsection (a)(2).

(4)

An assessment of the extent to which providers have been enrolled under section 1902(a)(78) or 1932(d)(6)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(78), 1396u–2(d)(6)(A)) with State agencies administering State plans under title XIX of such Act.

3.

Requiring publication of fee-for-service provider directory

(a)

In general

Section 1902(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (80), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (81), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by inserting after paragraph (81) the following new paragraph:

(82)

provide that, not later than January 1, 2017, in the case of a State plan that provides medical assistance on a fee-for-service basis or through a primary care case-management system described in section 1915(b)(1) (other than a primary care case management entity (as defined by the Secretary)), the State shall publish (and update on at least an annual basis) on the public Website of the State agency administering the State plan, a directory of the physicians described in subsection (mm) and, at State option, other providers described in such subsection that—

(A)

includes—

(i)

with respect to each such physician or provider—

(I)

the name of the physician or provider;

(II)

the specialty of the physician or provider;

(III)

the address at which the physician or provider provides services; and

(IV)

the telephone number of the physician or provider; and

(ii)

with respect to any such physician or provider participating in such a primary care case-management system, information regarding—

(I)

whether the physician or provider is accepting as new patients individuals who receive medical assistance under this title; and

(II)

the physician’s or provider’s cultural and linguistic capabilities, including the languages spoken by the physician or provider or by the skilled medical interpreter providing interpretation services at the physician’s or provider’s office; and

(B)

may include, at State option, with respect to each such physician or provider—

(i)

the Internet website of such physician or provider; or

(ii)

whether the physician or provider is accepting as new patients individuals who receive medical assistance under this title.

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(b)

Directory physician or provider described

Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a), as amended by section 2(a)(3), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(mm)

Directory physician or provider described

A physician or provider described in this subsection is—

(1)

in the case of a physician or provider of a provider type for which the State agency, as a condition on receiving payment for items and services furnished by the physician or provider to individuals eligible to receive medical assistance under the State plan, requires the enrollment of the physician or provider with the State agency, a physician or a provider that—

(A)

is enrolled with the agency as of the date on which the directory is published or updated (as applicable) under subsection (a)(82); and

(B)

received payment under the State plan in the 12-month period preceding such date; and

(2)

in the case of a physician or provider of a provider type for which the State agency does not require such enrollment, a physician or provider that received payment under the State plan in the 12-month period preceding the date on which the directory is published or updated (as applicable) under subsection (a)(82).

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(c)

Rule of construction

(1)

In general

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall not be construed to apply in the case of a State (as defined for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act) in which all the individuals enrolled in the State plan under such title (or under a waiver of such plan), other than individuals described in paragraph (2), are enrolled with a medicaid managed care organization (as defined in section 1903(m)(1)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(m)(1)(A))), including prepaid inpatient health plans and prepaid ambulatory health plans (as defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services).

(2)

Individuals described

An individual described in this paragraph is an individual who is an Indian (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)) or an Alaska Native.

(d)

Exception for State legislation

In the case of a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.), which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines requires State legislation in order for the respective plan to meet one or more additional requirements imposed by amendments made by this section, the respective plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet such an additional requirement before the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the State legislature that begins after the date of enactment of this Act. For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that has a 2-year legislative


session, each year of the session shall be considered to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.

Passed the House of Representatives March 2, 2016.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk