S.1791 - Fair Competition for Hospitals Act of 2013113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV] (Introduced 12/10/2013)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||12/10/2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.|
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Summary: S.1791 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (12/10/2013)
Fair Competition for Hospitals Act of 2013 - Requires the wage index applying to a certain kind of subsection (d) hospital under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to be the highest wage index assigned to hospitals in the core-based statistical area in which the hospital is located (regardless of which state the hospital is located in) as a result of the requirement of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that the area wage index applicable to any hospital which is not located in a rural area be not less than the area wage index applicable to hospitals located in rural areas in the state in which the hospital is located.
(Generally, a subsection [d] hospital is an acute care hospital, particularly one that receives payments under Medicare's inpatient prospective payment system [IPPS] when providing covered inpatient services to eligible beneficiaries.)
Limits the application of this Act to a subsection (d) hospital: (1) located in a core-based statistical area comprising counties from more than one state, but (2) not located in a core-based statistical area in which one or more hospitals are subject to a specified minimum wage index, and (3) not located in a core-based statistical area in which the highest wage index applies to hospitals covered by this Act under a state Medicare reimbursement system.