H. R. 2759
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 22, 2021
Mr. Butterfield (for himself, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Bilirakis, Mr. Carter of Georgia, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Crawford, Ms. DeGette, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Foster, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. O'Halleran, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Ms. Ross, Mr. Smith of Missouri, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Westerman, and Mr. Guest) 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
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services.
This Act may be cited as the
Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act.
Medicare coverage of pharmacist services
Section 1861(s)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(s)(2)) is amended—
and at the end of subparagraph (GG);
by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and at the end of subparagraph (HH); and
by inserting after subparagraph (HH) the following new subparagraph at the end:
pharmacist services furnished by a pharmacist, as licensed by State law, individually or on behalf of a pharmacy provider—
which the pharmacist is legally authorized to perform in the State in which the individual performs such services;
as would otherwise be covered under this part if furnished by a physician, or as an incident to a physician’s service; and
in a setting located in a health professional shortage area (as defined in section 332(a)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act), medically underserved area, or medically underserved population (as defined in section 330(b)(3) of such Act).
Section 1833(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395l(a)(1)) is amended—
and (DD) and inserting
by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following:
and (EE) with respect to pharmacist services (as defined in section 1861(s)(2)(II)), the amounts paid shall be equal to 80 percent of the lesser of the actual charge or 85 percent of the fee schedule amount provided under section 1848 if such services had been furnished by a physician.
Effective date; Pharmacist specific codes
The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall apply with respect to services furnished on or after January 1, 2022.
Pharmacist specific codes
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall develop pharmacist specific codes, as necessary, under the physician fee schedule under section 1848 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4).