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H.R. 1831 (115th): Fairness for Our Hospitals Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 30, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1831

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 30, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Pascrell, and Ms. Blunt Rochester) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fairness for Our Hospitals Act of 2017.

2.

Permitting hospitals in all-urban States to be considered medicare dependent hospitals

(a)

In general

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:

(I)

that—

(aa)

is located in a rural area; or

(bb)

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),

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(b)

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.