Text: H.R.4277 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (12/16/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4277


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services under the Medicare program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 16, 2015

Mrs. Noem (for herself and Ms. Schakowsky) 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 provide for treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist 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 “Medicare Mental Health Access Act”.

SEC. 2. Treatment of clinical psychologists as physicians for purposes of furnishing clinical psychologist services.

(a) In general.—The first sentence of section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)) is amended—

(1) by striking “or” before “(5)”; and

(2) by inserting before the period the following: “, or (6) a clinical psychologist, but only with respect to the furnishing of qualified psychologist services described in subsection (ii) for which the psychologist is legally authorized to perform by the State and who is acting within the scope of the psychologist’s license (or other authorization under State law)”.

(b) Application of meaningful use payments to clinical psychologists.—For purposes of section 1848(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w–4(a)(7)), for 2017 and 2018, with respect to clinical psychologists, the term “applicable percent” means 100 percent.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to items and services furnished on or after January 1, 2017.