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S. 313 (114th): Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2015 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Calendar No. 177

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 313

[Report No. 114–98]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 29, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Casey, Mr. Moran, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Durbin, Ms. Heitkamp, Mr. Coons, Mr. Thune, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Brown, Mr. King, Mr. Portman, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Burr, Mr. Merkley, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Gardner, Ms. Ayotte, Mr. Heller, Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Peters, Ms. Hirono, and Mr. Wicker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

July 30, 2015

Reported by , with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2015.

2.

Allowing physical therapists to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare

(a)

In general

The first sentence of section 1842(b)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395u(b)(6)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and before (H); and

(2)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: , and (I) in the case of outpatient physical therapy services furnished by physical therapists, subparagraph (D) of this sentence shall apply to such services and therapists in the same manner as such subparagraph applies to physicians’ services furnished by physicians.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to services furnished after the date of the enactment of this Act.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2015.

2.

Allowing physical therapists to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare

(a)

In general

The first sentence of section 1842(b)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395u(b)(6)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and before (H); and

(2)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: , and (I) in the case of outpatient physical therapy services furnished by physical therapists in a health professional shortage area (as defined in section 332(a)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act), a medically underserved area (as designated pursuant to section 330(b)(3)(A) of such Act), or a rural area (as defined in section 1886(d)(2)(D)), subparagraph (D) of this sentence shall apply to such services and therapists in the same manner as such subparagraph applies to physicians’ services furnished by physicians.

(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to services furnished after the date of the enactment of this Act.

July 30, 2015

Reported with an amendment