H.R.5498 - Rural Hospital Frontier Fairness Act115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] (Introduced 04/12/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 04/18/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5498 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (04/12/2018)
Rural Hospital Frontier Fairness Act
This bill alters the Medicare prospective payment system for inpatient hospital services furnished at sole community hospitals (i.e., rural hospitals or hospitals that are the sole source of inpatient care in a certain geographic area). Specifically, the bill applies a minimum area wage adjustment to payments to sole community hospitals that are located up to 75 miles from the closest frontier (i.e., predominantly rural) state. Currently, the minimum area wage adjustment applies only to hospitals in frontier states.
The bill also amends the Public Health Service Act to allow such sole community hospitals to participate in the 340B drug pricing program (i.e., a program that allows entities to receive covered outpatient drugs at reduced prices from manufacturers).