H. R. 1831
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 30, 2017
Mr. MacArthur (for himself, Mr. Pascrell, and Ms. Blunt Rochester) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Fairness for Our Hospitals Act of 2017.
Permitting hospitals in all-urban States to be considered medicare dependent hospitals
Section 1886(d)(5)(G)(iv)(I) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(G)(iv)(I)) is amended to read as follows:
is located in a rural area; or
for discharges occurring on or after January 1, 2011, is located in a State with no rural area (as defined in paragraph (2)(D)) and satisfies any of the criteria in subclause (I), (II), (III), or (IV) of paragraph (8)(E)(ii),
Process for recalculating payments
Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish and implement a process under which the Secretary shall reimburse hospitals impacted by the amendment made by subsection (a) for any underpayments under title XVIII of the Social Security Act that are a result of the implementation of such amendment.