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Introduced in House (06/26/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2504

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 26, 2013

Mr. Walden (for himself, Ms. Schwartz, Mr. Coble, Mr. Coffman, Mr. Dent, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Harper, Mr. Jones, Mr. Joyce, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Tiberi, Ms. Bonamici, Mrs. Capps, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Schrader, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Simpson, and Mr. Johnson of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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 more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries 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 “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Improving care planning for Medicare home health services.

(a) Part A provisions.—Section 1814(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)—

(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting “, a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist who is working in collaboration with a physician in accordance with State law, a certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)) as authorized by State law, or a physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)) under the supervision of a physician” after “1866(j)”; and

(B) in subparagraph (C)—

(i) by inserting “, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant (as the case may be)” after “physician” the first 2 times it appears; and

(ii) by striking “, and, in the case of a certification made by a physician” and all that follows through “face-to-face encounter” and inserting “, and, in the case of a certification made by a physician after January 1, 2010, or by a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant (as the case may be) after January 1, 2014, prior to making such certification the physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant must document that the physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant has had a face-to-face encounter”;

(2) in the second sentence, by inserting “certified nurse-midwife,” after “clinical nurse specialist,”;

(3) in the third sentence—

(A) by striking “physician certification” and inserting “certification”;

(B) by inserting “(or on January 1, 2014, in the case of regulations to implement the amendments made by section 2 of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013)” after “1981”; and

(C) by striking “a physician who” and inserting “a physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant who”; and

(4) in the fourth sentence, by inserting “, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant” after “physician”.

(b) Part B provisions.—Section 1835(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395n(a)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)—

(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting “, a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in 1861(aa)(5)) who is working in collaboration with a physician in accordance with State law, a certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)) as authorized by State law, or a physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)) under the supervision of a physician” after “1866(j)”; and

(B) in subparagraph (A)—

(i) in each of clauses (ii) and (iii) of subparagraph (A) by inserting “, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant (as the case may be)” after “physician”; and

(ii) in clause (iv), by striking “after January 1, 2010” and all that follows through “face-to-face encounter” and inserting “made by a physician after January 1, 2010, or by a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant (as the case may be) after January 1, 2014, prior to making such certification the physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant must document that the physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant has had a face-to-face encounter”;

(2) in the third sentence, by inserting “, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant (as the case may be)” after “physician”;

(3) in the fourth sentence—

(A) by striking “physician certification” and inserting “certification”;

(B) by inserting “(or on January 1, 2014, in the case of regulations to implement the amendments made by section 2 of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013)” after “1981”; and

(C) by striking “a physician who” and inserting “a physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant who”; and

(4) in the fifth sentence, by inserting “, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant” after “physician”.

(c) Definition provisions.—

(1) HOME HEALTH SERVICES.—Section 1861(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(m)) is amended—

(A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1)—

(i) by inserting “, a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in subsection (aa)(5)), a certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)), or a physician assistant (as defined in subsection (aa)(5))” after “physician” the first place it appears; and

(ii) by inserting “, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant” after “physician” the second place it appears; and

(B) in paragraph (3), by inserting “, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant” after “physician”.

(2) HOME HEALTH AGENCY.—Section 1861(o)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(o)(2)) is amended—

(A) by inserting “, nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists (as those terms are defined in subsection (aa)(5)), certified nurse-midwives (as defined in section 1861(gg)), or physician assistants (as defined in subsection (aa)(5))” after “physicians”; and

(B) by inserting “, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse-midwife, physician assistant,” after “physician”.

(d) Home health prospective payment system provisions.—Section 1895 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395fff) is amended—

(1) in subsection (c)(1), by inserting “, the nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in section 1861(aa)(5)), the certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)), or the physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5)),” after “physician”; and

(2) in subsection (e)—

(A) in paragraph (1)(A), by inserting “, a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in section 1861(aa)(5)), a certified nurse-midwife (as defined in section 1861(gg)), or a physician assistant (as defined in section 1861(aa)(5))” after “physician”; and

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in the heading, by striking “Physician certification” and inserting “Rule of construction regarding requirement for certification”; and

(ii) by striking “physician”.

(e) Effective Date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2014.