IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
December 18, 2019
Mr. Crapo (for himself and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize payments for ambulatory surgical centers under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019.
Aligning updates for ambulatory surgical center services with updates for OPD services
Section 1833(i)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(i)(2)(D)) is amended—
in clause (v)—
in the first sentence, by inserting before the period the following:
and, in the case of 2020 or a subsequent year, by the adjustment described in subsection (t)(3)(G) for the respective year; and
by moving the margin 6 ems to the left;
by redesignating clause (vi) as clause (vii); and
by inserting after clause (v) the following new clause:
In implementing the system described in clause (i) for 2020 and each subsequent year, there shall be an annual update under such system for the year equal to the OPD fee schedule increase factor specified under subsection (t)(3)(C)(iv) for such year, adjusted in accordance with clauses (iv) and (v).
Transparency of quality reporting and Medicare beneficiary information
Paragraph (7) of section 1833(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(i)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
To the extent that quality measures implemented by the Secretary under this paragraph for ambulatory surgical centers and under section 1833(t)(17) for hospital outpatient departments are applicable to the provision of surgical services in both ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments, the Secretary shall make reported data on such centers and departments available on the website Medicare.gov in a manner that will permit side-by-side comparisons on such measures for ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments in the same geographic area.
The Secretary shall ensure that an ambulatory surgery center and a hospital has the opportunity to review, and submit any corrections for, the data to be made public with respect to the ambulatory surgery center under subparagraph (C) prior to such data being made public.
The Secretary shall develop materials and inform beneficiaries under this title of publicly available comparisons provided for in subparagraph (C).
Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment Representation
The second sentence of section 1833(t)(9)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(t)(9)(A)) is amended by inserting
and suppliers subject to the prospective payment system (including at least one ambulatory surgical center representative) after
an appropriate selection of representatives of providers.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.
Reasons for excluding additional procedures from ASC approved list
Section 1833(i)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(i)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
In updating such lists for application in years beginning after the date of the enactment of this sentence, for each procedure that was requested to be included in such lists during the public comment period but which the Secretary does not propose (in the final rule updating such lists) to so include in such lists, the Secretary shall cite in such final rule the specific criteria in paragraph (b) or (c) of section 416.166 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, based on which the procedure was excluded. If paragraph (b) of such section is cited for exclusion of a procedure, the Secretary shall identify the peer reviewed research or the evidence upon which such determination is based..
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to lists of ambulatory surgery procedures for application in years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.