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H.R. 6012 (114th): BREATH Act of 2016


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 13, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6012

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 13, 2016

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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 preserve Medicare beneficiary access to ventilators, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Beneficiary Respiratory Equipment Access and Transparency to Home Ventilator Care Act of 2016 or the BREATH Act of 2016.

2.

Promoting evidence-based care for certain ventilators and other items of durable medical equipment

Section 1834(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395(m)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(t)

Appropriate use criteria for certain ventilators

Not later than January 1, 2017, and in consultation with medical experts, the Secretary shall establish policies and standards for determining the appropriate use of ventilators as described in subsection (a)(3)(A).

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3.

Reimbursement for home mechanical ventilators

(a)

In general

Section 1834(a)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(a)(3)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (B)—

(A)

in clause (iii), by striking and at the end;

(B)

in clause (iv)—

(i)

by inserting , except as provided in clause (v), after subsequent year; and

(ii)

by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new clause:

(v)

in 2017 and each subsequent year, in the case of a ventilator described in subparagraph (A), the payment rate determined for the ventilator under subparagraph (D) for that year.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(D)

Payment rates for ventilators

For purposes of subparagraph (B)(v), payment for a ventilator described in subparagraph (A) shall be made as follows:

(i)

2017 payment rate

For 2017, at a rate equal to 120 percent of the rate determined under subparagraph (B) for 2016, increased by the covered item update for the year.

(ii)

2018 payment rate

For 2018, at the rate determined under this subparagraph for 2017—

(I)

increased by the covered item update for the year;

(II)

increased or decreased, expressed as a percentage, by the difference between—

(aa)

the absolute percentage difference in the number of beneficiaries for whom the program made payment for the rental of such item or device during 2017 and the number of beneficiaries for whom the program made payment for the rental of the item or device during 2015; and

(bb)

20 percent; and

(III)

increased or decreased by the percentage change in the total number of Medicare beneficiaries in 2015 as compared to 2017.

(iii)

2019 and subsequent years payment rate

For 2019 and subsequent years, at the rate determined under this subparagraph for the previous year increased by the covered item update for the year.

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(b)

Application

The Secretary shall implement the provisions of, and amendments made by, this section in a budget neutral manner.