IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 17, 2015
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Schumer, and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow certain hospitals in Puerto Rico to qualify for incentives for adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR Technology under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Puerto Rico Hospital HITECH Amendments Act of 2015.
Application of Medicare HITECH payments to hospitals in Puerto Rico
Subsection (n)(6)(B) of section 1886 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww) is amended by striking
subsection (d) hospital and inserting
hospital that is a subsection (d) hospital or a subsection (d) Puerto Rico hospital.
Subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix) of section 1886 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww) is amended—
in subclause (I), by striking
(n)(6)(A) and inserting
in subclause (II), by striking
a subsection (d) hospital and inserting
an eligible hospital.
Paragraphs (2) and (4)(A) of section 1853(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–23(m)) are each amended by striking
1886(n)(6)(A) and inserting
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may implement the amendments made by this section by program instruction or otherwise.
The amendments made by this section shall apply as if included in the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5), except that, in order to take into account delays in the implementation of this section, in applying subsections (b)(3)(B)(ix), (n)(2)(E)(ii), and (n)(2)(G)(i) of section 1886 of the Social Security Act, as amended by this section, any reference in such subsections to a particular year shall be treated with respect to a subsection (d) Puerto Rico hospital as a reference to the year that is 5 years after such particular year (or 7 years after such particular year in the case of applying subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix) of such section).