Text: H.R.3269 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/27/2011)


112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3269

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure the continued access of Medicare beneficiaries to diagnostic imaging services.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 27, 2011

Mr. Olson (for himself, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Price of Georgia, Mr. Latham, Mr. Harris, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Nunes, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Bucshon, Mr. Lance, Mr. Harper, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Owens, Mr. Barrow, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Rothman of New Jersey, Mr. Courtney, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Fudge, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Murphy of Connecticut, Mrs. Bono Mack, Ms. Jenkins, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mr. Runyan, Mr. Boren, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Stivers, and Mr. Schock) 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 ensure the continued access of Medicare beneficiaries to diagnostic imaging services.

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 “Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act of 2011”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds that—

(1) Medicare payments for imaging services have been substantially reduced by various actions of the Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services;

(2) further significant reductions to Medicare payments for these services may hinder the access of Medicare beneficiaries to imaging services; and

(3) additional study of the issue should be undertaken before further cuts to Medicare payment for imaging services are applied.

SEC. 3. Medicare payment for imaging services.

Section 1848(b)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(b)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(E) LIMITATION ON APPLICATION OF MULTIPLE PROCEDURE PAYMENT REDUCTION.—The Secretary shall not apply a multiple procedure payment reduction policy to the professional component of imaging services—

“(i) furnished in 2012; or

“(ii) furnished in 2013 or a subsequent year unless the reduction is based on the data, analysis, and conclusions of a study completed by an expert panel of physician members from a national medical specialty society expert in the field of diagnostic imaging services (such as the American College of Radiology).”.