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S. 2597 (114th): Medicare Mental Health Access Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2597

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2016

(for himself and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Mental Health Access Act.

2.

Treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services

(a)

In general

The first sentence of section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)) is amended—

(1)

by striking or before (5); and

(2)

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).

(b)

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.

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2017.