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S. 1190: Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 11, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1190

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 11, 2019

(for herself and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and Federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2019.

2.

Medicare payment for certain Federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services furnished to hospice patients

Section 1834 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (o), by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(4)

Payment for attending physician services furnished by Federally qualified health centers to hospice patients

In the case of services described in section 1812(d)(2)(A)(ii) furnished on or after January 1, 2020, by an attending physician (as defined in section 1861(dd)(3)(B), other than a physician or practitioner who is employed by a hospice program) who is employed by or working under contract with a Federally qualified health center, a Federally qualified health center shall be paid for such services under the prospective payment system under this subsection.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(x)

Payment for attending physician services furnished by rural health clinics to hospice patients

In the case of services described in section 1812(d)(2)(A)(ii) furnished on or after January 1, 2020, by an attending physician (as defined in section 1861(dd)(3)(B), other than a physician or practitioner who is employed by a hospice program) who is employed by or working under contract with a rural health clinic, a rural health clinic shall be paid for such services under the methodology for all-inclusive rates (established by the Secretary) under section 1833(a)(3), subject to the limits described in section 1833(f).

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