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H.R. 3127: Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3127

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Tonko, and Mr. McKinley) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act.

2.

Permitting occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding section 484.55(a)(2) or 484.55(b)(3) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, or any other provision of law, an occupational therapist may be designated to conduct the initial assessment visit and to complete the comprehensive assessment for an individual who is eligible for home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act if the referral order by the physician—

(1)

does not include skilled nursing care;

(2)

includes occupational therapy; and

(3)

includes physical therapy or speech language pathology.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to provide for initial eligibility for coverage of home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act solely on the basis of a need for occupational therapy.