H.R.6446 - To create incentive for innovative diagnostics by improving the process for determining Medicare payment rates for new tests.112th Congress (2011-2012)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] (Introduced 09/20/2012)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||09/26/2012 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.6446 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/20/2012)
Improving Diagnostic Innovations Act of 2012 - Sets forth additional factors for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider in determining the payment amount for new clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under gap filling procedures which are used when no comparable existing test is available.
Directs the Secretary to convene an independent advisory panel to inform and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding any new test.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a process for application for the assignment of a temporary national HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) code to uniquely identify a diagnostic test until a permanent national HCPCS code is available for assignment to that test, (2) analyze the process used for the gapfilling procedures used in determining payment amounts for new clinical diagnostic laboratory tests, and (3) implement improvements in the process after public notice and opportunity for comment.