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S. 2736 (114th): Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 21, 2016 (Passed the Senate). The bill was not enacted into law.


114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2736

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To improve access to durable medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016.

2.

Extension of the transition to new payment rates for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program

The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall extend the transition period described in clause (i) of section 414.210(g)(9) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, from June 30, 2016, to June 30, 2017 (with the full implementation described in clause (ii) of such section applying to items and services furnished with dates of service on or after July 1, 2017).

3.

Floor on bid ceiling for competitive acquisition for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program

Section 1847(b)(5) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–3(b)(5)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by inserting , subject to subparagraph (E), after subsection (a)(2); and

(B)

by inserting , subject to subparagraph (E), after Based on such bids; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(E)

Floor on bid ceiling for durable medical equipment

(i)

In general

The ceiling for a bid submitted for applicable covered items may not be less than the fee schedule amount that would otherwise be determined under section 1834(a), section 1834(h), or section 1842(s) for such items furnished on July 1, 2016 (determined as if section 2 of the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016 had not been enacted).

(ii)

Applicable covered items defined

For purposes of this subparagraph, the term applicable covered items means competitively priced items and services described in subsection (a)(2) that are furnished with respect to rounds of competition that begin on or after January 1, 2017.

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4.

Requirements in determining adjustments using information from competitive bidding programs

(a)

In general

Section 1834(a)(1)(G) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(a)(1)(G)) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: “In the case of items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2019, in making any adjustments under clause (ii) or (iii) of subparagraph (F), under subsection (h)(1)(H)(ii), or under section 1842(s)(3)(B), the Secretary shall—

(i)

solicit and take into account stakeholder input; and

(ii)

take into account the highest amount bid by a winning supplier in a competitive acquisition area and a comparison of each of the following with respect to non-competitive acquisition areas and competitive acquisition areas:

(I)

The average travel distance and cost associated with furnishing items and services in the area.

(II)

Any barriers to access for items and services in the area.

(III)

The average delivery time in furnishing items and services in the area.

(IV)

The average volume of items and services furnished by suppliers in the area.

(V)

The number of suppliers in the area.

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(b)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Section 1834(h)(1)(H)(ii) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(h)(1)(H)(ii)) is amended by striking the Secretary and inserting subject to subsection (a)(1)(G), the Secretary.

(2)

Section 1842(s)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(s)(3)(B)) is amended by striking the Secretary and inserting subject to section 1834(a)(1)(G), the Secretary.

5.

Reports on the results of the monitoring of access of Medicare beneficiaries to durable medical equipment and of health outcomes

Not later than October 1, 2016, January 1, 2017, April 1, 2017, and July 1, 2017, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall publish on the Internet website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services the results of the monitoring of access of Medicare beneficiaries to durable medical equipment and of health outcomes, as described on page 66228 in the final rule published by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services on November 6, 2014, and entitled Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (79 Fed. Reg. 66120–66265).

6.

Revision of effective date of provision limiting Federal Medicaid reimbursement to States for durable medical equipment (DME) to Medicare payment rates

(a)

In general

Section 1903(i)(27) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(i)(27)) is amended by striking January 1, 2019 and inserting October 1, 2018.

(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of section 503 of division O of Public Law 114–113.

Passed the Senate June 21, 2016.

Secretary