Text: H.R.6873 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/11/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6873

To delay any application of the phase out of the Medicare hospice budget neutrality adjustment factor during fiscal year 2009.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 11, 2008

Mr. Van Hollen (for himself, Mr. Ramstad, and Mr. Hinchey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To delay any application of the phase out of the Medicare hospice budget neutrality adjustment factor during fiscal year 2009.

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 “Medicare Hospice Protection Act of 2008”.

SEC. 2. Delay in phase out of Medicare hospice budget neutrality adjustment factor during fiscal year 2009.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including the final rule published on August 8, 2008, 73 Federal Register 46464 et seq., relating to Medicare Program; Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2009, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not phase out or eliminate the budget neutrality adjustment factor in the Medicare hospice wage index before October 1, 2009, and the Secretary shall recompute and apply the final Medicare hospice wage index for fiscal year 2009 as if there had been no reduction in the budget neutrality adjustment factor.