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H.R. 1611: Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1611

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Tonko) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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 amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act of 2021.

2.

Allowing physical therapists to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare

(a)

In general

The first sentence of section 1842(b)(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395u(b)(6)) is amended by striking , and (J) and all that follows through physicians’ services furnished by physicians. and inserting , and (J) in the case of outpatient physical therapy services furnished by physical therapists, subparagraph (D) of this sentence shall apply to such services and therapists in the same manner as such subparagraph applies to physicians’ services furnished by physicians..

(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished after the date of the enactment of this Act.