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Introduced in House (03/01/2005)


109th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1016

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify payment for clinical laboratory tests furnished by critical access hospitals under the Medicare Program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 1, 2005

Mr. Otter (for himself, Mr. Paul, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Ross, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Marshall, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Kennedy of Minnesota, Mr. Hastings of Washington, Mr. Kolbe, Mr. Gordon, Mr. McHugh, and Mr. Davis of Kentucky) 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 clarify payment for clinical laboratory tests furnished by critical access hospitals under the Medicare Program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Critical Access to Clinical Lab Services Act of 2005”.

SEC. 2. Clarification of payment for clinical laboratory tests furnished by critical access hospitals.

(a) In general.—Section 1834(g)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(g)(4)) is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking “no beneficiary cost-sharing for” and inserting “treatment of”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following: “For purposes of the preceding sentence and section 1861(mm)(3), clinical diagnostic laboratory services furnished by a critical access hospital shall be treated as being furnished as part of outpatient critical access services without regard to whether—

“(A) the individual with respect to whom such services are furnished is physically present in the critical access hospital at the time the specimen is collected;

“(B) such individual is registered as an outpatient on the records of, and receives such services directly from, the critical access hospital; or

“(C) payment is (or, but for this subsection, would be) available for such services under the fee schedule established under section 1833(h).”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2003.