Text: H.R.2969 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (08/01/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2969


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 1, 2013

Mr. Terry (for himself and Mr. Thompson of California) 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 provide for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients.

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 Patient Access to Hospice Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients.

(a) Recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians To serve hospice patients.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 1861(dd)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(dd)(3)(B)) is amended—

(A) by striking “or nurse” and inserting “, the nurse”; and

(B) by inserting “, or the physician assistant (as defined in such subsection)” after “subsection (aa)(5))”.

(2) CLARIFICATION OF HOSPICE ROLE OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.—Section 1814(a)(7)(A)(i)(I) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(a)(7)(A)(i)(I)) is amended by inserting “or a physician assistant” after “a nurse practitioner”.

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