IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 3, 2015
Mr. Grassley (for himself and Mr. Schumer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to cover physician services delivered by podiatric physicians to ensure access by Medicaid beneficiaries to appropriate quality foot and ankle care, to amend title XVIII of such Act to modify the requirements for diabetic shoes to be included under Medicare, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians Act or the
Recognizing doctors of podiatric medicine as physicians under the medicaid program
Section 1905(a)(5)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(5)(A)) is amended by striking
section 1861(r)(1) and inserting
paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 1861(r).
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to services furnished on or after January 1, 2016.
Extension of effective date for State law amendment
In the case of a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines requires State legislation in order for the plan to meet the additional requirement imposed by the amendment made by subsection (a), the State plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet these additional requirements before the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the State legislature that begins after the date of enactment of this Act. For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that has a 2-year legislative session, each year of the session is considered to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.
Clarifying medicare documentation requirements for therapeutic shoes for persons with diabetes
Section 1861(s)(12) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(12)) is amended to read as follows:
subject to section 4072(e) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, extra-depth shoes with inserts or custom molded shoes with inserts (in this paragraph referred to as
therapeutic shoes) for an individual with diabetes, if—
the physician who is managing the individual’s diabetic condition—
documents that the individual has diabetes;
certifies that the individual is under a comprehensive plan of care related to the individual’s diabetic condition; and
documents agreement with the prescribing podiatrist or other qualified physician (as established by the Secretary) that it is medically necessary for the individual to have therapeutic shoes;
the therapeutic shoes are prescribed by a podiatrist or other qualified physician (as established by the Secretary) who—
examines the individual and determines the medical necessity for the individual to receive the therapeutic shoes; and
communicates in writing the medical necessity to a certifying doctor of medicine or osteopathy for the individual to have therapeutic shoes along with findings that the individual has peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation, a history of pre-ulcerative calluses, a history of previous ulceration, foot deformity, previous amputation, or poor circulation; and
the therapeutic shoes are fitted and furnished by a podiatrist or other qualified supplier individual (as established by the Secretary), such as a pedorthist or orthotist, who is not the physician described in subparagraph (A) (unless the Secretary finds that the physician is the only such qualified individual in the area);
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2016.
Rule of construction
Nothing in this section shall be construed as expanding Medicare coverage for therapeutic shoes for individuals with diabetes.
Budget savings: strengthening Medicaid program integrity through continuous levy on payments to Medicaid providers and suppliers
Section 6331(h)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (defining specified payment) is amended by striking
and at the end of subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (C) and inserting
, and, and by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
any payment to any Medicaid provider or supplier under a State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act.
The amendments made by this section shall apply to levies issued after the date of the enactment of this Act.