IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 13, 2020
Mr. Scott of Florida (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Van Hollen, and Ms. Cortez Masto) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to verify whether a health care provider is licensed in good standing before issuing the provider a unique health identifier, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Medical License Verification Act.
Requirement to verify that a health care provider is licensed in good standing before issuing a unique health identifier
Section 1173(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Verification of license in good standing
Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall establish and implement an automated system that enables the Secretary to verify whether a person described in section 1172(a)(3) who is an applicant for a unique health identifier and who claims in the application to be licensed in a State is actually licensed in that State and that such license is in good standing. Such verification shall be done before providing the applicant with such an identifier.