IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 25, 2016
Mr. Brown (for himself and Ms. Collins) 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 provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services under the Medicare program.
This Act may be cited as the
Medicare Mental Health Access Act.
Treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services
The first sentence of section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)) is amended—
by inserting before the period the following:
, or (6) a clinical psychologist, but only with respect to the furnishing of qualified psychologist services described in subsection (ii) for which the psychologist is legally authorized to perform by the State and who is acting within the scope of the psychologist’s license (or other authorization under State law).
Application of meaningful use payments to clinical psychologists
For purposes of section 1848(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(a)(7)), for 2017 and 2018, with respect to clinical psychologists, the term applicable percent means 100 percent.
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2017.