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Introduced in House (06/17/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2799


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand access to stroke telehealth services under the Medicare program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 17, 2015

Mr. Griffith (for himself, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Harper, Mr. Thompson of California, and Mr. David Scott of Georgia) 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 expand access to stroke telehealth services 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 “Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine Act” or the “FAST Act”.

SEC. 2. Expanding access to stroke telehealth services under the Medicare program.

(a) In general.—Section 1834(m)(4)(C) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)(4)(C)) is amended—

(1) in clause (i), by striking “The term” and inserting “Subject to clause (iii), the term”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(iii) STROKE TELEHEALTH SERVICES.—With respect to services related to the evaluation or treatment of an acute stroke that are provided within the evidence-based window of treatment, the term ‘originating site’ means any site at which the eligible telehealth individual is located at the time the service is furnished via a telecommunications system, regardless of where the site is located.”.

(b) No originating site facility fee for new sites.—Section 1834(m)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)(2)(B)) is amended, in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting “(other than an originating site that is only described in clause (iii) of paragraph (4)(C), and does not meet the requirement for an originating site under clause (i) of such paragraph)” after “the originating site”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to services furnished on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.


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