Text: S.1725 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/05/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1725


To permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 5, 2019

Mr. Cardin (for himself and Mr. Young) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.

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 Home Health Flexibility Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Permitting occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding section 484.55(a)(2) or 484.55(b)(3) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, or any other provision of law, an occupational therapist may be designated to conduct the initial assessment visit and to complete the comprehensive assessment for an individual who is eligible for home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act if the referral order by the physician—

(1) does not include skilled nursing care;

(2) includes occupational therapy; and

(3) includes physical therapy or speech language pathology.

(b) Rule of construction.—Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to provide for initial eligibility for coverage of home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act solely on the basis of a need for occupational therapy.