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S. 895: Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 27, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 895

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 27, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Stabenow) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To provide for a permanent extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act of 2019.

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Permanent extension of enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals

Section 1834 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

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Permanent extension of enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals

On and after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall continue to apply the enforcement instruction described in the notice of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services entitled Enforcement Instruction on Supervision Requirements for Outpatient Therapeutic Services in Critical Access and Small Rural Hospitals for CY 2013, dated November 1, 2012 (providing for an exception to the restatement and clarification under the final rulemaking changes to the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system and calendar year 2009 payment rates (published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2008, 73 Fed. Reg. 68702 through 68704) with respect to requirements for direct supervision by physicians for therapeutic hospital outpatient services), and extended by section 1 of Public Law 113–198, section 1 of Public Law 114–112, section 16004(a) of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114–255), and section 51007 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (Public Law 115–123), and reinstated for calendar years 2018 and 2019 under the final rule entitled Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs published on December 14, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 59216).

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