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115th Congress     }                                    {   Rept. 115-752
                         HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session        }                                    {       Part 1

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         POST-SURGICAL INJECTIONS AS AN OPIOID ALTERNATIVE ACT

                                _______
                                

 June 13, 2018.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Walden, from the Committee on Energy and Commerce, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            DISSENTING VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 5804]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 5804) to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to provide for modifications in payment for 
certain outpatient surgical services, having considered the 
same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend 
that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

Purpose and Summary..............................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Committee Action.................................................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     3
Oversight Findings and Recommendations...........................     6
New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures     6
Congressional Budget Office Estimate.............................     6
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................    28
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............    28
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................    28
Committee Cost Estimate..........................................    28
Earmark, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff Benefits.......    29
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................    29
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................    29
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................    29
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................    29
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............    29
Dissenting Views.................................................    94
Exchange of Letters with Additional Committees of Referral.......    97

                          Purpose and Summary

    H.R. 5804, Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid 
Alternative Act, was introduced on May 15, 2018, by Rep. John 
Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), and Rep. Peter 
Roskam (R-IL) to incentivize post-surgical injections as a pain 
treatment alternative to opioids by reversing a reimbursement 
cut for these treatments in the Ambulatory Service Center 
setting, as well as to collect data on a subset of codes 
related to these treatments.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    The Medicare program serves as the healthcare coverage 
provider to over 58 million beneficiaries. This number is 
projected to rise to over 80 million by 2030. In serving the 
over age 65 population, Medicare accounts for a large share of 
total opioid prescriptions. In 2016, one out of every three 
beneficiaries was prescribed an opioid through Medicare Part D. 
In total, this equates to almost 80 million prescriptions and 
$4 billion in Medicare Part D spending. While many Medicare 
beneficiaries with serious pain-related conditions are being 
properly prescribed opioids, there is mounting evidence of 
opioid misuse in the Medicare system. As more seniors and 
individuals with disabilities come into the program, the 
challenges of fraud, misuse, and abuse will only increase.
    This bill seeks to give patients and providers more pain 
management options by reversing reimbursement cuts for certain 
treatments in the Ambulatory Service Center setting.

                            Committee Action

    On April 11 and 12, 2018, the Subcommittee on Health held a 
hearing entitled ``Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the 
Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care for Patients'' 
to review legislation related to the opioid epidemic. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from:
           Kimberly Brandt, Principal Deputy 
        Administrator for Operations, Centers for Medicare and 
        Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human 
        Services;
           Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, 
        Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center;
           Toby Douglas, Senior Vice President, 
        Medicaid Solutions, Centene Corporation;
           David Guth, CEO, Centerstone;
           John Kravitz, CIO, Geisinger Health System; 
        and,
           Sam Srivastava, CEO, Magellan Health.
    On April 25, 2018, the Subcommittee on Health met in open 
markup session and forwarded a discussion draft, entitled 
``Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid Alternative,'' without 
amendment, to the full Committee by a record vote of 17 yeas 
and 10 nays. On May 17, 2018, the full Committee on Energy and 
Commerce met in open markup session and ordered H.R. 5804, 
without amendment, favorable reported to the House by a record 
vote of 36 yeas and 14 nays. H.R. 5804 was similar to the 
discussion draft forwarded by the Subcommittee.

                            Committee Votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII requires the Committee to list the 
record votes on the motion to report legislation and amendments 
thereto. The following reflects the record votes taken during 
the Committee consideration:


                 Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Pursuant to clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII, the Committee held a hearing and made findings that 
are reflected in this report.

   New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII, the Committee 
finds that H.R. 5804 would result in no new or increased budget 
authority, entitlement authority, or tax expenditures or 
revenues.

                  Congressional Budget Office Estimate

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII, the following is 
the cost estimate provided by the Congressional Budget Office 
pursuant to section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                      Washington, DC, June 6, 2018.
Hon. Greg Walden,
Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed document with cost estimates for the 
opioid-related legislation ordered to be reported on May 9 and 
May 17, 2018.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contacts are Tom Bradley 
and Chad Chirico.
            Sincerely,
                                             Mark P. Hadley
                                        (For Keith Hall, Director).
    Enclosure.

Opioid Legislation

    Summary: On May 9 and May 17, 2018, the House Committee on 
Energy and Commerce ordered 59 bills to be reported related to 
the nation's response to the opioid epidemic. Generally, the 
bills would:
           Provide grants to facilities and providers 
        that treat people with substance use disorders,
           Direct various agencies within the 
        Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to 
        explore nonopioid approaches to treating pain and to 
        educate providers about those alternatives,
           Modify requirements under Medicaid and 
        Medicare for prescribing controlled substances,
           Expand Medicaid coverage for substance abuse 
        treatment, and
           Direct the Food and Drug Administration 
        (FDA) to modify its oversight of opioid drugs and other 
        medications that are used to manage pain.
    Because of the large number of related bills ordered 
reported by the Committee, CBO is publishing a single 
comprehensive document that includes estimates for each piece 
of legislation.
    CBO estimates that enacting 20 of the bills would affect 
direct spending, and 2 of the bills would affect revenues; 
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply for those bills.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4998, the Health Insurance 
for Former Foster Youth Act, would increase net direct spending 
by more than $2.5 billion and on-budget deficits by more than 
$5 billion in at least one of the four consecutive 10-year 
periods beginning in 2029. None of the remaining 58 bills 
included in this estimate would increase net direct spending by 
more than $2.5 billion or on-budget deficits by more than $5 
billion in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods 
beginning in 2029.
    One of the bills reviewed for this document, H.R. 5795, 
would impose both intergovernmental and private-sector mandates 
as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). CBO 
estimates that the costs of those mandates on public and 
private entities would fall below the thresholds in UMRA ($80 
million and $160 million, respectively, in 2018, adjusted 
annually for inflation). Five bills, H.R. 5228, H.R. 5333, H.R. 
5554, H.R. 5687, and H.R. 5811, would impose private-sector 
mandates as defined in UMRA. CBO estimates that the costs of 
the mandates in three of the bills (H.R. 5333, H.R. 5554, and 
H.R. 5811) would not exceed the UMRA threshold for private 
entities. Because CBO is uncertain how federal agencies would 
implement new authority granted in the other two bills, H.R. 
5228 and H.R. 5687, CBO cannot determine whether the costs of 
those mandates would exceed the UMRA threshold.
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimates in 
this document do not include the effects of interactions among 
the bills. If all 59 bills were combined and enacted as one 
piece of legislation, the budgetary effects would be different 
from the sum of the estimates in this document, although CBO 
expects that any such differences would be small. The costs of 
this legislation fall within budget functions 550 (health), 570 
(Medicare), 750 (administration of justice), and 800 (general 
government).
    Basis of estimate: For this estimate, CBO assumes that all 
of the legislation will be enacted late in 2018 and that 
authorized and estimated amounts will be appropriated each 
year. Outlays for discretionary programs are estimated based on 
historical spending patterns for similar programs.

Uncertainty

    CBO aims to produce estimates that generally reflect the 
middle of a range of the most likely budgetary outcomes that 
would result if the legislation was enacted. Because data on 
the utilization of mental health and substance abuse treatment 
under Medicaid and Medicare is scarce, CBO cannot precisely 
predict how patients or providers would respond to some policy 
changes or what budgetary effects would result. In addition, 
several of the bills would give the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) considerable latitude in designing and 
implementing policies. Budgetary effects could differ from 
those provided in CBO's analyses depending on those decisions.

Direct spending and revenues

    Table 1 lists the 22 bills of the 59 ordered to be reported 
that would affect direct spending or revenues.

                                             TABLE 1.--ESTIMATED CHANGES IN MANDATORY SPENDING AND REVENUES
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                                                                         By fiscal year, in millions of dollars--
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   2018     2019     2020     2021     2022     2023     2024     2025     2026     2027     2028   2019-2023  2019-2028
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                                                      INCREASES OR DECREASES (-) IN DIRECT SPENDING
 
Legislation Primarily Affecting
 Medicaid:
    H.R. 1925, At-Risk Youth           0        *        5        5        5       10       10       10       10       10       10        25          75
     Medicaid Protection Act of
     2017......................
    H.R. 4998, Health Insurance        0        0        0        0        0        *       10       21       33       46       61         *         171
     for Former Foster Youth
     Act.......................
    H.R. 5477, Rural                   0       13       35       58       68       83       27        9        3        3        3       256         301
     Development of Opioid
     Capacity Services Act.....
    H.R. 5583, a bill to amend         0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *           *
     title XI of the Social
     Security Act to require
     States to annually report
     on certain adult health
     quality measures, and for
     other purposes............
    H.R. 5797, IMD CARE Act....        0       38      158      251      265      279        0        0        0        0        0       991         991
    H.R. 5799, Medicaid DRUG           0        *        *        1        1        1        1        1        1        1        1         2           5
     Improvement Acta..........
    H.R. 5801 Medicaid                 0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *           *
     Providers Are Required To
     Note Experiences in Record
     Systems to Help In Need
     Patients (PARTNERSHIP)
     Acta......................
    H.R. 5808, Medicaid                0        *       -1       -1       -1       -1       -2       -2       -2       -2       -2        -4         -13
     Pharmaceutical Home Act of
     2018a.....................
    H.R. 5810, Medicaid Health         0       94       58       62       56       52       48       43       38       32       25       323         509
     HOME Act..................
Legislation Primarily Affecting
 Medicare:
    H.R. 3528, Every                   0        0        0      -24      -35      -33      -30      -33      -32      -31      -32       -92        -250
     Prescription Conveyed
     Securely Act..............
    H.R. 4841, Standardizing           0        0        0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *           *
     Electronic Prior
     Authorization for Safe
     Prescribing Act of 2018...
    H.R. 5603, Access to               0        2        *        *        *        1        1        1        2        2        2         3          11
     Telehealth Services for
     Opioid Use Disorders Act..
    H.R. 5605, Advancing High          0        0        0       15       26       24       23       23       10        1        *        65         122
     Quality Treatment for
     Opioid Use Disorders in
     Medicare Act..............
    H.R. 5675, a bill to amend         0        0        0       -6       -7       -7       -7       -8       -9       -9      -11       -20         -64
     title XVIII of the Social
     Security Act to require
     prescription drug plan
     sponsors under the
     Medicare program to
     establish drug management
     programs for at-risk
     beneficiaries.............
    H.R. 5684, Protecting              0        0        0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *           *
     Seniors From Opioid Abuse
     Act.......................
    H.R. 5796, Responsible             0       10       25       50       10        5        0        0        0        0        0       100         100
     Education Achieves Care
     and Healthy Outcomes for
     Users' Treatment Act of
     2018......................
    H.R. 5798, Opioid Screening        0        0        *        1        1        1        1        1        1        1        1         2           5
     and Chronic Pain
     Management Alternatives
     for Seniors Act...........
    H.R. 5804, Post-Surgical           0        0       25       30       25       20       10        5        0        0        0       100         115
     Injections as an Opioid
     Alternative Acta..........
    H.R. 5809, Postoperative           0        0        0        0       10       15       20       25       30       35       45        25         180
     Opioid Prevention Act of
     2018......................
Legislation Primarily Affecting
 the Food and Drug
 Administration:
    H.R. 5333, Over-the-Counter        0        0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *           *
     Monograph Safety,
     Innovation, and Reform Act
     of 2018a..................
 
                                                         INCREASES OR DECREASES (-) IN REVENUESb
 
    H.R. 5752, Stop Illicit            0        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *         *          *
     Drug Importation Act of
     2018......................
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Annual amounts may not sum to totals because of rounding. * = between -$500,000 and $500,000. Budget authority is equivalent to outlays.
aThis bill also would affect spending subject to appropriation.
bOne additional bill, H.R. 5228, the Stop Counterfeit Drugs by Regulating and Enhancing Enforcement Now Act, would have a negligible effect on revenues.

    Legislation Primarily Affecting Medicaid. The following 
nine bills would affect direct spending for the Medicaid 
program.
    H.R. 1925, the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act of 
2017, would require states to suspend, rather than terminate, 
Medicaid eligibility for juvenile enrollees (generally under 21 
years of age) who become inmates of public correctional 
institutions. States also would have to redetermine those 
enrollees' Medicaid eligibility before their release and 
restore their coverage upon release if they qualify for the 
program. States would be required to process Medicaid 
applications submitted by or on behalf of juveniles in public 
correctional institutions who were not enrolled in Medicaid 
before becoming inmates and ensure that Medicaid coverage is 
provided when they are released if they are found to be 
eligible. On the basis of an analysis of juvenile incarceration 
trends and of the per enrollee spending for Medicaid foster 
care children, who have a similar health profile to 
incarcerated juveniles, CBO estimates that implementing the 
bill would cost $75 million over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 4998, the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth 
Act, would require states to provide Medicaid coverage to 
adults up to age 25 who had aged out of foster care in any 
state. Under current law, such coverage is mandatory only if 
the former foster care youth has aged out in the state in which 
the individual applies for coverage. The policy also would 
apply to former foster children who had been in foster care 
upon turning 14 years of age but subsequently left foster care 
to enter into a legal guardianship with a kinship caregiver. 
The provisions would take effect respect for foster youth who 
turn 18 on or after January 1, 2023. On the basis of spending 
for Medicaid foster care children and data from the Census 
Bureau regarding annual migration rates between states, CBO 
estimates that implementing the bill would cost $171 million 
over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5477, the Rural Development of Opioid Capacity 
Services Act, would direct the Secretary of HHS to conduct a 
five-year demonstration to increase the number and ability of 
providers participating in Medicaid to provide treatment for 
substance use disorders. On the basis of an analysis of federal 
and state spending for treatment of substance use disorders and 
the prevalence of such disorders, CBO estimates that enacting 
the bill would increase direct spending by $301 million over 
the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5583, a bill to amend title XI of the Social Security 
Act to require States to annually report on certain adult 
health quality measures, and for other purposes, would require 
states to include behavioral health indicators in their annual 
reports on the quality of care under Medicaid. Although the 
bill would add a requirement for states, CBO estimates that its 
enactment would not have a significant budgetary effect because 
most states have systems in place for reporting such measures 
to the federal government.
    H.R. 5797, the IMD CARE Act, would expand Medicaid coverage 
for people with opioid use disorder who are in institutions for 
mental disease (IMDs) for up to 30 days per year. Under a 
current-law policy known as the IMD exclusion, the federal 
government generally does not make matching payments to state 
Medicaid programs for most services provided by IMDs to adults 
between the ages of 21 and 64. Recent administrative changes 
have made federal financing for IMDs available in limited 
circumstances, but the statutory prohibition remains in place. 
CBO analyzed several data sets, primarily those collected by 
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
(SAMHSA), to estimate current federal spending under Medicaid 
for IMD services and to estimate spending under H.R. 5797. 
Using that analysis, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5797 
would increase direct spending by $991 million over the 2019-
2028 period.
    H.R. 5799, the Medicaid DRUG Improvement Act, would require 
state Medicaid programs to implement additional reviews of 
opioid prescriptions, monitor concurrent prescribing of opioids 
and certain other drugs, and monitor use of antipsychotic drugs 
by children. CBO estimates that the bill would increase direct 
spending by $5 million over 2019-2028 period to cover the 
administrative costs of complying with those requirements. On 
the basis of stakeholder feedback, CBO expects that the bill 
would not have a significant effect on Medicaid spending for 
prescription drugs because many of the bill's requirements 
would duplicate current efforts to curb opioid and 
antipsychotic drug use. (If enacted, H.R. 5799 also would 
affect spending subject to appropriation; CBO has not completed 
an estimate of that amount.)
    H.R. 5801, the Medicaid Providers Are Required To Note 
Experiences in Record Systems to Help In-Need Patients 
(PARTNERSHIP) Act, would require providers who are permitted to 
prescribe controlled substances and who participate in Medicaid 
to query prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) before 
prescribing controlled substances to Medicaid patients. PDMPs 
are statewide electronic databases that collect data on 
controlled substances dispensed in the state. The bill also 
would require PDMPs to comply with certain data and system 
criteria, and it would provide additional federal matching 
funds to certain states to help cover administrative costs. On 
the basis of a literature review and stakeholder feedback, CBO 
estimates that the net budgetary effect of enacting H.R. 5801 
would be insignificant. Costs for states to come into 
compliance with the systems and administrative requirements 
would be roughly offset by savings from small reductions in the 
number of controlled substances paid for by Medicaid under the 
proposal. (If enacted, H.R. 5801 also would affect spending 
subject to appropriation; CBO has not completed an estimate of 
that amount.)
    H.R. 5808, the Medicaid Pharmaceutical Home Act of 2018, 
would require state Medicaid programs to operate pharmacy 
programs that would identify people at high risk of abusing 
controlled substances and require those patients to use a 
limited number of providers and pharmacies. Although nearly all 
state Medicaid programs currently meet such a requirement, a 
small number of high-risk Medicaid beneficiaries are not now 
monitored. Based on an analysis of information about similar 
state and federal programs, CBO estimates that net Medicaid 
spending under the bill would decrease by $13 million over the 
2019-2028 period. That amount represents a small increase in 
administrative costs and a small reduction in the number of 
controlled substances paid for by Medicaid under the proposal. 
(If enacted, H.R. 5808 also would affect spending subject to 
appropriation; CBO has not completed an estimate of that 
amount.)
    H.R. 5810, the Medicaid Health HOME Act, would allow states 
to receive six months of enhanced federal Medicaid funding for 
programs that coordinate care for people with substance use 
disorders. Based on enrollment and spending data from states 
that currently participate in Medicaid's Health Homes program, 
CBO estimates that the expansion would cost approximately $469 
million over the 2019-2028 period. The bill also would require 
states to cover all FDA-approved drugs used in medication-
assisted treatment for five years, although states could seek a 
waiver from that requirement. (Medication-assisted treatment 
combines behavioral therapy and pharmaceutical treatment for 
substance use disorders.) Under current law, states already 
cover most FDA-approved drugs used in such programs in some 
capacity, although a few exclude methadone dispensed by opioid 
treatment programs. CBO estimates that a small share of those 
states would begin to cover methadone if this bill was enacted 
at a federal cost of about $39 million over the 2019-2028 
period. In sum, CBO estimates that the enacting H.R. 5810 would 
increase direct spending by $509 million over the 2019-2028 
period.
    Legislation Primarily Affecting Medicare. The following ten 
bills would affect direct spending for the Medicare program.
    H.R. 3528, the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, 
would require prescriptions for controlled substances covered 
under Medicare Part D to be transmitted electronically, 
starting on January 1, 2021. Based on CBO's analysis of 
prescription drug spending, spending for controlled substances 
is a small share of total drug spending. CBO also assumes a 
small share of those prescriptions would not be filled because 
they are not converted to an electronic format. Therefore, CBO 
expects that enacting H.R. 3528 would reduce the number of 
prescriptions filled and estimates that Medicare spending would 
be reduced by $250 million over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 4841, the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization 
for Safe Prescribing Act of 2018, would require health care 
professionals to submit prior authorization requests 
electronically, starting on January 1, 2021, for drugs covered 
under Medicare Part D. Taking into account that many 
prescribers already use electronic methods to submit such 
requests, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4841 would not 
significantly affect direct spending for Part D.
    H.R. 5603, the Access to Telehealth Services for Opioid Use 
Disorders Act, would permit the Secretary of HHS to lift 
current geographic and other restrictions on coverage of 
telehealth services under Medicare for treatment of substance 
use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders. Under 
the bill, the Secretary of HHS would be directed to encourage 
other payers to coordinate payments for opioid use disorder 
treatments and to evaluate the extent to which the 
demonstration reduces hospitalizations, increases the use of 
medication-assisted treatments, and improves the health 
outcomes of individuals with opioid use disorders during and 
after the demonstration. Based on current use of Medicare 
telehealth services for treatment of substance use disorders, 
CBO estimates that expanding that coverage would increase 
direct spending by $11 million over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5605, the Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid 
Use Disorders in Medicare Act, would establish a five-year 
demonstration program to increase access to treatment for 
opioid use disorder. The demonstration would provide incentive 
payments and funding for care management services based on 
criteria such as patient engagement, use of evidence-based 
treatments, and treatment length and intensity. Under the bill, 
the Secretary of HHS would be directed to encourage other 
payers to coordinate payments for opioid use disorder 
treatments and to evaluate the extent to which the 
demonstration reduces hospitalizations, increases the use of 
medication-assisted treatments, and improves the health 
outcomes of individuals with opioid use disorders during and 
after the demonstration. Based on historical utilization of 
opioid use disorder treatments and projected spending on 
incentive payments and care management fees, CBO estimates that 
increased use of treatment services and the demonstration's 
incentive payments would increase direct spending by $122 
million over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5675, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to require prescription drug plan sponsors under 
the Medicare program to establish drug management programs for 
at-risk beneficiaries, would require Part D prescription drug 
plans to provide drug management programs for Medicare 
beneficiaries who are at risk for prescription drug abuse. 
(Under current law, Part D plans are permitted but not required 
to establish such programs as of 2019.) Based on an analysis of 
the number of plans currently providing those programs, CBO 
estimates that enacting H.R. 5675 would lower federal spending 
by $64 million over the 2019-2028 period by reducing the number 
of prescriptions filled and Medicare's payments for controlled 
substances.
    H.R. 5684, the Protecting Seniors From Opioid Abuse Act, 
would expand medication therapy management programs under 
Medicare Part D to include beneficiaries who are at risk for 
prescription drug abuse. Because relatively few beneficiaries 
would be affected by this bill, CBO estimates that its 
enactment would not significantly affect direct spending for 
Part D.
    H.R. 5796, the Responsible Education Achieves Care and 
Healthy Outcomes for Users' Treatment Act of 2018, would allow 
the Secretary of HHS to award grants to certain organizations 
that provide technical assistance and education to high-volume 
prescribers of opioids. The bill would appropriate $100 million 
for fiscal year 2019. Based on historical spending patterns for 
similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5796 
would cost $100 million over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5798, the Opioid Screening and Chronic Pain Management 
Alternatives for Seniors Act, would add an assessment of 
current opioid prescriptions and screening for opioid use 
disorder to the Welcome to Medicare Initial Preventive Physical 
Examination. Based on historical use of the examinations and 
pain management alternatives, CBO expects that enacting the 
bill would increase use of pain management services and 
estimates that direct spending would increase by $5 million 
over the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5804, the Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid 
Alternative Act, would freeze the Medicare payment rate for 
certain analgesic injections provided in ambulatory surgical 
centers (ASCs). (For injections identified by specific billing 
codes, Medicare would pay the 2016 rate, which is higher than 
the current rate, during the 2020-2024 period.) Based on 
current utilization in the ASC setting, CBO estimates that 
enacting the legislation would increase direct spending by 
about $115 million over the 2019-2028 period. (If enacted, H.R. 
5804 also would affect spending subject to appropriation; see 
Table 3.)
    H.R. 5809, the Postoperative Opioid Prevention Act of 2018, 
would create an additional payment under Medicare for nonopioid 
analgesics. Under current law, certain new drugs and devices 
may receive an additional payment--separate from the bundled 
payment for a surgical procedure--in outpatient hospital 
departments and ambulatory surgical centers. The bill would 
allow nonopioid analgesics to qualify for a five-year period of 
additional payments. Based on its assessment of current 
spending for analgesics and on the probability of new nonopioid 
analgesics coming to market, CBO estimates that H.R. 5809 would 
increase direct spending by about $180 million over the 2019-
2028 period.
    Legislation Primarily Affecting the Food and Drug 
Administration. One bill related to the FDA would affect direct 
spending.
    H.R. 5333, the Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, 
Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018, would change the way that 
the FDA regulates the marketing of over-the-counter (OTC) 
medicines, and it would authorize that agency to grant 18 
months of exclusive market protection for certain qualifying 
OTC drugs, thus delaying the entry of other versions of the 
same qualifying OTC product. Medicaid currently provides some 
coverage for OTC medicines, but only if a medicine is the least 
costly alternative in its drug class. On the basis of 
stakeholder feedback, CBO expects that delaying the 
availability of additional OTC versions of a drug would not 
significantly affect the average net price paid by Medicaid. As 
a result, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5333 would have a 
negligible effect on the federal budget. (If enacted, H.R. 5333 
also would affect spending subject to appropriation; see Table 
3.)
    Legislation with Revenue Effects. Two bills would affect 
revenues. However, CBO estimates that one bill, H.R. 5228, the 
Stop Counterfeit Drugs by Regulating and Enhancing Enforcement 
Now Act, would have only a negligible effect.
    H.R. 5752, the Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act of 2018, 
would amend the Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to 
strengthen the FDA's seizure powers and enhance its authority 
to detain, refuse, seize, or destroy illegal products offered 
for import. The legislation would subject more people to 
debarment under the FDCA and thus increase the potential for 
violations, and subsequently, the assessment of civil 
penalties, which are recorded in the budget as revenues. CBO 
estimates that those collections would result in an 
insignificant increase in revenues. Because H.R. 5752 would 
prohibit the importation of drugs that are in the process of 
being scheduled, it also could reduce amounts collected in 
customs duties. CBO anticipates that the result would be a 
negligible decrease in revenues. With those results taken 
together, CBO estimates, enacting H.R. 5752 would generate an 
insignificant net increase in revenues over the 2019-2028 
period.

Spending subject to appropriation

    For this document, CBO has grouped bills with spending that 
would be subject to appropriation into four general categories:
           Bills that would have no budgetary effect,
           Bills with provisions that would authorize 
        specified amounts to be appropriated (see Table 2),
           Bills with provisions for which CBO has 
        estimated an authorization of appropriations (see Table 
        3), and
           Bills with provisions that would affect 
        spending subject to appropriation for which CBO has not 
        yet completed an estimate.
    No Budgetary Effect. CBO estimates that 6 of the 59 bills 
would have no effect on direct spending, revenues, or spending 
subject to appropriation.
    H.R. 3192, the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, would require 
all Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans to cover 
mental health and substance abuse treatment. In addition, 
states would not be allowed to impose financial or utilization 
limits on mental health treatment that are lower than limits 
placed on physical health treatment. Based on information from 
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CBO estimates 
that enacting the bill would have no budgetary effect because 
all CHIP enrollees are already in plans that meet those 
requirements.
    H.R. 3331, a bill to amend title XI of the Social Security 
Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral 
health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic 
health record technology, would give the Center for Medicare 
and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) explicit authorization to test a 
program offering incentive payments to behavioral health 
providers that adopt and use certified electronic health record 
technology. Because it is already clear to CMMI that it has 
that authority, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation 
would not affect federal spending.
    H.R. 5202, the Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use 
Disorder Treatments Act of 2018, would clarify permission for 
pharmacists to deliver controlled substances to providers under 
certain circumstances. Because this provision would codify 
current practice, CBO estimates that H.R. 5202 would not affect 
direct spending or revenues during the 2019-2028 period.
    H.R. 5685, the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 
2018, would require the Secretary of HHS to include information 
on opioid use, pain management, and nonopioid pain management 
treatments in future editions of Medicare & You, the program's 
handbook for beneficiaries, starting on January 1, 2019. 
Because H.R. 5685 would add information to an existing 
administrative document, CBO estimates that enacting the bill 
would have no budgetary effect.
    H.R. 5686, the Medicare Clear Health Options in Care for 
Enrollees Act of 2018, would require prescription drug plans 
that provide coverage under Medicare Part D to furnish 
information to beneficiaries about the risks of opioid use and 
the availability of alternative treatments for pain. CBO 
estimates that enacting the bill would not affect direct 
spending because the required activities would not impose 
significant administrative costs.
    H.R. 5716, the Commit to Opioid Medical Prescriber 
Accountability and Safety for Seniors Act, would require the 
Secretary of HHS on an annual basis to identify high 
prescribers of opioids and furnish them with information about 
proper prescribing methods. Because HHS already has the 
capacity to meet those requirements, CBO estimates that 
enacting that provision would not impose additional 
administrative costs on the agency.
    Specified Authorizations. Table 2 lists the ten bills that 
would authorize specified amounts to be appropriated over the 
2019-2023 period. Spending from those authorized amounts would 
be subject to appropriation.

          TABLE 2.--ESTIMATED SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION FOR BILLS WITH SPECIFIED AUTHORIZATIONS
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                                                                By fiscal year, in millions of dollars--
                                                      ----------------------------------------------------------
                                                        2018    2019    2020    2021    2022    2023   2019-2023
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                                 INCREASES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION
 
H.R. 4684, Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living
 Act:
    Authorization Level..............................       0       3       0       0       0       0         3
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       1       2       *       *       *         3
H.R. 5102, Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan
 Repayment Act of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      25      25      25      25      25       125
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       9      19      23      25      25       100
H.R. 5176, Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency
 Rooms Act of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      50       0       0       0       0        50
    Estimated Outlays................................       0      16      26       6       2       1        50
H.R. 5197, Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the
 Emergency Department Act:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      10      10      10       0       0        30
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       3       8      10       7       2        30
H.R. 5261, Treatment, Education, and Community Help
 to Combat Addiction Act of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0       4       4       4       4       4        20
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       1       3       4       4       4        16
H.R. 5327, Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act
 of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      10      10      10      10      10        50
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       3       8      10      10      10        41
H.R. 5329, Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of
 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      30      30      30      30      30       151
    Estimated Outlays................................       0      12      25      29      29      29       125
H.R. 5353, Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious
 Diseases Act of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      40      40      40      40      40       200
    Estimated Outlays................................       0      15      34      38      39      40       166
H.R. 5580, Surveillance and Testing of Opioids to
 Prevent Fentanyl Deaths Act of 2018:
    Authorization Level..............................      30      30      30      30      30       0       120
    Estimated Outlays................................       0      11      25      29      29      19       113
H.R. 5587, Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act:
    Authorization Level..............................       0      15      15      15      15      15        75
    Estimated Outlays................................       0       5      13      14      15      15       62
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Annual amounts may not sum to totals because of rounding. * = between zero and $500,000.

    H.R. 4684, the Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act, 
would direct the Secretary of HHS to develop and disseminate 
best practices for organizations that operate housing designed 
for people recovering from substance use disorders. The bill 
would authorize a total of $3 million over the 2019-2021 period 
for that purpose. Based on historical spending patterns for 
similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4684 
would cost $3 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5102, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan 
Repayment Act of 2018, would establish a loan repayment program 
for mental health professionals who practice in areas with few 
mental health providers or with high rates of death from 
overdose and would authorize $25 million per year over the 
2019-2028 period for that purpose. Based on historical spending 
patterns for similar activities, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 5102 would cost $100 million over the 2019-
2023 period; the remaining amounts would be spent in years 
after 2023.
    H.R. 5176, the Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency 
Rooms Act of 2018, would require the Secretary of HHS to 
develop protocols and a grant program for health care providers 
to address the needs of people who survive a drug overdose, and 
it would authorize $50 million in 2019 for that purpose. Based 
on historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5176 would cost $50 million 
over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5197, the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the 
Emergency Department Act, would direct the Secretary of HHS to 
carry out a demonstration program for hospitals and emergency 
departments to develop alternative protocols for pain 
management that limit the use of opioids and would authorize 
$10 million annually in grants for fiscal years 2019 through 
2021. Based on historical spending patterns for similar 
programs, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5197 would cost 
$30 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5261, the Treatment, Education, and Community Help to 
Combat Addiction Act of 2018,  would direct the Secretary of 
HHS to designate regional centers of excellence to improve the 
training of health professionals who treat substance use 
disorders. The bill would authorize $4 million annually for 
grants to those programs over the 2019-2023 period. Based on 
historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5261 would cost $16 million 
over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining amounts would be spent 
in years after 2023.
    H.R. 5327, the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 
2018, would direct the Secretary of HHS to award grants to at 
least 10 providers that offer treatment services for people 
with opioid use disorder, and it would authorize $10 million 
per year over the 2019-2023 period for that purpose. Based on 
historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5327 would cost $41 million 
over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining amounts would be spent 
in years after 2023.
    H.R. 5329, the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 
2018, would reauthorize the poison control center toll-free 
number, national media campaign, and grant program under the 
Public Health Service Act. Among other actions, H.R. 5329 would 
increase the share of poison control center funding that could 
be provided by federal grants. The bill would authorize a total 
of about $30 million per year over the 2019-2023 period. Based 
on historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5329 would cost $125 million 
over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining amounts would be spent 
in years after 2023.
    H.R 5353, the Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious 
Diseases Act of 2018, would amend the Public Health Service Act 
by broadening the focus of surveillance and education programs 
from preventing and treating hepatitis C virus to preventing 
and treating infections associated with injection drug use. It 
would authorize $40 million per year over 2019-2023 period for 
that purpose. Based on historical spending patterns for similar 
activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5353 would 
cost $166 million over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining 
amounts would be spent in years after 2023.
    H.R. 5580, the Surveillance and Testing of Opioids to 
Prevent Fentanyl Deaths Act of 2018, would establish a grant 
program for public health laboratories that conduct testing for 
fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. It also would direct the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand its drug 
surveillance program, with a particular focus on collecting 
data on fentanyl. The bill would authorize a total of $30 
million per year over the 2018-2022 period for those 
activities. Based on historical spending patterns for similar 
activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5580 would 
cost $113 million over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining 
amounts would be spent in years after 2023.
    H.R. 5587, Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act, would 
direct the Secretary of HHS to award grants to nonprofit 
organizations that support community-based, peer-delivered 
support, including technical support for the establishment of 
recovery community organizations, independent, nonprofit groups 
led by people in recovery and their families. The bill would 
authorize $15 million per year for the 2019-2023 period. Based 
on historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5587 would cost $62 million 
over the 2019-2023 period; the remaining amounts would be spent 
in years after 2023.
    Estimated Authorizations. Table 3 shows CBO's estimates of 
the appropriations that would be necessary to implement 19 of 
the bills. Spending would be subject to appropriation of those 
amounts.
    H.R. 449, the Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018, would 
require the Surgeon General to report to the Congress on the 
health effects of synthetic psychoactive drugs on children 
between the ages of 12 and 18. Based on spending patterns for 
similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 449 
would cost approximately $1 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 4005, the Medicaid Reentry Act, would direct the 
Secretary of HHS to convene a group of stakeholders to develop 
and report to the Congress on best practices for addressing 
issues related to health care faced by those returning from 
incarceration to their communities. The bill also would require 
the Secretary to issue a letter to state Medicaid directors 
about relevant demonstration projects. Based on an analysis of 
anticipated workload, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4005 
would cost less than $500,000 over the 2018-2023 period.
    H.R. 4275, the Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against 
Opioid Abuse Act, would require the Secretary of HHS to develop 
and disseminate materials for training pharmacists, health care 
practitioners, and the public about the circumstances under 
which a pharmacist may decline to fill a prescription. Based on 
historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that costs to the federal government for the 
development and distribution of those materials would not be 
significant.

          TABLE 3.--ESTIMATED SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION FOR BILLS WITH ESTIMATED AUTHORIZATIONS
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                                                              By fiscal year, in millions of dollars--
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                                                     2018   2019     2020     2021     2022     2023   2019-2023
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                                 INCREASES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION
 
H.R. 449, Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        0        0         1
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        0        0         1
 
H.R. 4005, Medicaid Reentry Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      *       *        0        0        0        0         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      *       *        0        0        0        0         *
 
H.R. 4275, Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight
 Against Opioid Abuse Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
 
H.R. 5009, Jessie's Law:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
 
H.R. 5041, Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
 
H.R. 5272, Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards
 Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse Act of
 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       1        1        1        1        1         4
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       1        1        1        1        1         4
 
H.R. 5333, Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety,
 Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018:a
    Food and Drug Administration:
        Collections from fees:
            Estimated Authorization Level.........      0     -22      -22      -26      -35      -42      -147
            Estimated Outlays.....................      0     -22      -22      -26      -35      -42      -147
        Spending of fees:
            Estimated Authorization Level.........      0      22       22       26       35       42       147
            Estimated Outlays.....................      0       6       17       30       44       41       137
        Net effect on FDA:
            Estimated Authorization Level.........      0       0        0        0        0        0         0
            Estimated Outlays.....................      0     -17       -6        4        9        *       -10
    Government Accountability Office:
        Estimated Authorization Level.............      0       0        0        0        0        *         *
        Estimated Outlays.........................      0       0        0        0        0        *         *
    Total, H.R. 5333:
        Estimated Authorization Level.............      0       0        0        0        0        *         *
        Estimated Outlays.........................      0     -17       -6        4        9        *       -10
 
H.R. 5473, Better Pain Management Through Better
 Data Act of 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        0         1
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         1
 
H.R. 5483, Special Registration for Telemedicine
 Clarification Act of 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
 
H.R. 5554, Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug
 User Fee Amendments of 2018:
    Collections from fees:
        Animal drug fees..........................      0     -30      -31      -32      -33      -34      -159
        Generic animal drug fees..................      0     -18      -19      -19      -20      -21       -97
            Total, Estimated Authorization Level..      0     -49      -50      -51      -53      -55      -257
            Total, Estimated Outlays..............      0     -49      -50      -51      -53      -55      -257
    Spending of fees:
        Animal drug fees..........................      0      30       31       32       33       34       159
        Generic animal drug fees..................      0      18       19       19       20       21        97
            Total, Estimated Authorization Level..      0      49       50       51       53       55       257
            Total, Estimated Outlays..............      0      39       47       51       52       54       243
    Net changes in fees:
        Estimated Authorization Level.............      0       0        0        0        0        0         0
        Estimated Outlays.........................      0     -10       -3        *        *        *       -14
    Other effects:
        Estimated Authorization Level.............      0       3        1        1        1        1         6
        Estimated Outlays.........................      0       2        1        1        1        1         6
    Total, H.R. 5554:
        Estimated Authorization Level.............      0       3        1        1        1        1         6
        Estimated Outlays.........................      0      -8       -2        1        *        *        -8
 
H.R. 5582, Abuse Deterrent Access Act of 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       0        *        0        0        0         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       0        *        0        0        0         *
 
H.R. 5590, Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      *       *        *        *        *        *         2
    Estimated Outlays.............................      *       *        *        *        *        *         2
 
H.R. 5687, Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics
 with Deliberate Disposal and Packaging Act of
 2018:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
 
H.R. 5715, Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent
 Opioid Abuse Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       2        2        2        2        2         9
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       2        2        2        2        2         9
 
H.R. 5789, a bill to require the Secretary of
 Health and Human Services to issue guidance to
 improve care for infants with neonatal abstinence
 syndrome and their mothers, and to require the
 Comptroller General of the United States to
 conduct a study on gaps in Medicaid coverage for
 pregnant and postpartum women with substance use
 disorder:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       2        0        0        0        0         2
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       2        0        0        0        0         2
 
H.R. 5795, Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety
 Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       1        0        0        0        0         1
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       1        0        0        0        0         1
 
H.R. 5800, Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       1        0        0        0        0         1
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        0        0        0         1
 
H.R. 5804, Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid
 Alternative Act:a
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       0        0        0        1        1         1
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       0        0        0        1        1         1
 
H.R. 5811, a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug,
 and Cosmetic Act with respect to postapproval
 study requirements for certain controlled
 substances, and for other purposes:
    Estimated Authorization Level.................      0       *        *        *        *        *         *
    Estimated Outlays.............................      0       *        *        *        *        *        *
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Annual amounts may not sum to totals because of rounding. * = between -$500,000 and $500,000.
aThis bill also would affect mandatory spending (see Table 1).

    H.R. 5009, Jessie's Law, would require HHS, in 
collaboration with outside experts, to develop best practices 
for displaying information about opioid use disorder in a 
patient's medical record. HHS also would be required to develop 
and disseminate written materials annually to health care 
providers about what disclosures could be made while still 
complying with federal laws that govern health care privacy. 
Based on spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5009 would have an 
insignificant effect on spending over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, 
would require hospice programs to have written policies and 
procedures for the disposal of controlled substances after a 
patient's death. Certain licensed employees of hospice programs 
would be permitted to assist in the disposal of controlled 
substances that were lawfully dispensed. Using information from 
the Department of Justice (DOJ), CBO estimates that 
implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 
2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5272, the Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under 
Law in Treating Substance Abuse Act of 2018, would require the 
newly established National Mental Health and Substance Use 
Policy Laboratory to issue guidance to applicants for SAMHSA 
grants that support evidence-based practices. Using information 
from HHS about the historical cost of similar activities, CBO 
estimates that enacting this bill would cost approximately $4 
million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5333, the Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, 
Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018, would change the FDA's 
oversight of the commercial marketing of OTC medicines and 
authorize the collection and spending of fees through 2023 to 
cover the costs of expediting the FDA's administrative 
procedures for certain regulatory activities relating to OTC 
products. Under H.R. 5333, CBO estimates, the FDA would assess 
about $147 million in fees over the 2019-2023 period that could 
be collected and made available for obligation only to the 
extent and in the amounts provided in advance in appropriation 
acts. Because the FDA could spend those fees, CBO estimates 
that the estimated budget authority for collections and 
spending would offset each other exactly in each year, although 
CBO expects that spending initially would lag behind 
collections. Assuming appropriation action consistent with the 
bill, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5333 would reduce 
net discretionary outlays by $10 million over the 2019-2023 
period, primarily because of that lag. The bill also would 
require the Government Accountability Office to study exclusive 
market protections for certain qualifying OTC drugs authorized 
by the bill--a provision that CBO estimates would cost less 
than $500,000. (If enacted, H.R. 5333 also would affect 
mandatory spending; see Table 1.)
    H.R. 5473, the Better Pain Management Through Better Data 
Act of 2018, would require that the FDA conduct a public 
meeting and issue guidance to industry addressing data 
collection and labeling for medical products that reduce pain 
while enabling the reduction, replacement, or avoidance of oral 
opioids. Using information from the agency, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 5473 would cost about $1 million over the 
2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5483, the Special Registration for Telemedicine 
Clarification Act of 2018, would direct DOJ, within one year of 
the bill's enactment, to issue regulations concerning the 
practice of telemedicine (for remote diagnosis and treatment of 
patients). Using information from DOJ, CBO estimates that 
implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 
2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5554, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee 
Amendments of 2018, would authorize the FDA to collect and 
spend fees to cover the cost of expedited approval for the 
development and marketing of certain drugs for use in animals. 
The legislation would extend through fiscal year 2023, and make 
several changes to, the FDA's existing approval processes and 
fee programs for brand-name and generic veterinary drugs, which 
expire at the end of fiscal year 2018. CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 5554 would reduce net discretionary outlays 
by $8 million over the 2019-2023 period, primarily because the 
spending of fees lags somewhat behind their collection.
    Fees authorized under the bill would supplement funds 
appropriated to cover the FDA's cost of reviewing certain 
applications and investigational submissions for brand-name and 
generic drugs for use in animals. Those fees could be collected 
and made available for obligation only to the extent and in the 
amounts provided in advance in appropriation acts. Under H.R. 
5554, CBO estimates, the FDA would assess about $257 million in 
fees over the 2019-2023 period. Because the FDA could spend 
those funds, CBO estimates that budget authority for 
collections and spending would offset each other exactly in 
each year. CBO estimates that the delay between collecting and 
spending fees under the reauthorized programs would reduce net 
discretionary outlays by $14 million over the 2019-2023 period, 
assuming appropriation actions consistent with the bill.
    Enacting H.R. 5554 would increase the FDA's workload 
because the legislation would expand eligibility for 
conditional approval for certain drugs. The agency's 
administrative costs also would increase because of regulatory 
activities required by a provision concerning petitions for 
additives intended for use in animal food. H.R. 5554 also would 
require the FDA to publish guidance or produce regulations on a 
range of topics, transmit a report to the Congress, and hold 
public meetings. CBO expects that the costs associated with 
those activities would not be covered by fees, and it estimates 
that implementing such provisions would cost $6 million over 
the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5582, the Abuse Deterrent Access Act of 2018, would 
require the Secretary of HHS to report to the Congress on 
existing barriers to access to ``abuse-deterrent opioid 
formulations'' by Medicare Part C and D beneficiaries. Such 
formulations make the drugs more difficult to dissolve for 
injection, for example, and thus can impede their abuse. 
Assuming the availability of appropriated funds and based on 
historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing the legislation would cost less 
than $500,000 over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5590, the Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act, would 
require the Secretary of HHS to develop an action plan by 
January 1, 2019, for increasing access to medication-assisted 
treatment among Medicare and Medicaid enrollees. The bill also 
would require HHS to convene a stakeholder meeting and issue a 
request for information within three months of enactment, and 
to submit a report to the Congress by June 1, 2019. Based on 
historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5590 would cost approximately 
$2 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5687, the Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with 
Deliberate Disposal and Packaging Act of 2018, would permit the 
FDA to require certain packaging and disposal technologies, 
controls, or measures to mitigate the risk of abuse and misuse 
of drugs. Based on information from the FDA, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 5687 would not significantly affect spending 
over the 2019-2023 period. This bill would also require that 
the GAO study the effectiveness and use of packaging 
technologies for controlled substances--a provision that CBO 
estimates would cost less than $500,000.
    H.R. 5715, the Strengthening Partnerships to Prevent Opioid 
Abuse Act, would require the Secretary of HHS to establish a 
secure Internet portal to allow HHS, Medicare Advantage plans, 
and Medicare Part D plans to exchange information about fraud, 
waste, and abuse among providers and suppliers no later than 
two years after enactment. H.R. 5715 also would require 
organizations with Medicare Advantage contracts to submit 
information on investigations related to providers suspected of 
prescribing large volumes of opioids through a process 
established by the Secretary no later than January 2021. Based 
on historical spending patterns for similar activities, CBO 
estimates that implementing H.R. 5715 would cost approximately 
$9 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5789, a bill to require the Secretary of Health and 
Human Services to issue guidance to improve care for infants 
with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their mothers, and to 
require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct 
a study on gaps in Medicaid coverage for pregnant and 
postpartum women with substance use disorder, would direct the 
Secretary of HHS to issue guidance to states on best practices 
under Medicaid and CHIP for treating infants with neonatal 
abstinence syndrome. H.R. 5789 also would direct the Government 
Accountability Office to study Medicaid coverage for pregnant 
and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Based on 
information from HHS and historical spending patterns for 
similar activities, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5789 would 
cost approximately $2 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, 
would amend the Public Health Service Act so that requirements 
pertaining to the confidentiality and disclosure of medical 
records relating to substance use disorders align with the 
provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act of 1996. The bill would require the Office 
of the Secretary of HHS to issue regulations prohibiting 
discrimination based on data disclosed from such medical 
records, to issue regulations requiring covered entities to 
provide written notice of privacy practices, and to develop 
model training programs and materials for health care providers 
and patients and their families. Based on spending patterns for 
similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5795 
would cost approximately $1 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5800, Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act, would direct 
the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission to study 
institutions for mental diseases in a representative sample of 
states. Based on information from the commission about the cost 
of similar work, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5800 
would cost about $1 million over the 2019-2023 period.
    H.R. 5804, the Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid 
Alternative Act, would freeze the Medicare payment rate for 
certain analgesic injections provided in ambulatory surgical 
centers. The bill also would mandate two studies of Medicare 
coding and payments arising from enactment of this legislation. 
Based on the cost of similar activities, CBO estimates that 
those reports would cost $1 million over the 2019-2023 period. 
(If enacted, H.R. 5804 also would affect mandatory spending; 
see Table 1.)
    H.R. 5811, a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act with respect to postapproval study requirements 
for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes, 
would allow the FDA to require that pharmaceutical 
manufacturers study certain drugs after they are approved to 
assess any potential reduction in those drugs' effectiveness 
for the conditions of use prescribed, recommended, or suggested 
in labeling. CBO anticipates that implementing H.R. 5811 would 
not significantly affect the FDA's costs over the 2019-2023 
period.
    Other Authorizations. The following nine bills would 
increase authorization levels, but CBO has not completed 
estimates of amounts. All authorizations would be subject to 
future appropriation action.
           H.R. 4284, Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and 
        Opioids Act of 2017
           H.R. 5002, Advancing Cutting Edge Research 
        Act
           H.R. 5228, Stop Counterfeit Drugs by 
        Regulating and Enhancing Enforcement Now Act (see Table 
        1 for an estimate of the revenue effects of H.R. 5228)
           H.R. 5752, Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act 
        of 2018 (see Table 1 for an estimate of the revenue 
        effects of H.R. 5752)
           H.R. 5799, Medicaid DRUG Improvement Act 
        (see Table 1 for an estimate of the direct spending 
        effects of H.R. 5799)
           H.R. 5801, Medicaid Providers and 
        Pharmacists Are Required to Note Experiences in Record 
        Systems to Help In-Need Patients (PARTNERSHIP) Act (see 
        Table 1 for an estimate of the direct spending effects 
        of H.R. 5801)
           H.R. 5806, 21st Century Tools for Pain and 
        Addiction Treatments Act
           H.R. 5808, Medicaid Pharmaceutical Home Act 
        of 2018 (see Table 1 for an estimate of the direct 
        spending effects of H.R. 5808)
           H.R. 5812, Creating Opportunities that 
        Necessitate New and Enhanced Connections That Improve 
        Opioid Navigation Strategies Act (CONNECTIONS) Act
    Pay-As-You-Go considerations: The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go 
Act of 2010 establishes budget-reporting and enforcement 
procedures for legislation affecting direct spending or 
revenues. Twenty-two of the bills discussed in this document 
contain direct spending or revenues and are subject to pay-as-
you-go procedures. Details about the amount of direct spending 
and revenues in those bills can be found in Table 1.
    Increase in long-term direct spending and deficits: CBO 
estimates that enacting H.R. 4998, the Health Insurance for 
Former Foster Youth Act, would increase net direct spending by 
more than $2.5 billion and on-budget deficits by more than $5 
billion in at least one of the four consecutive 10-year periods 
beginning in 2029.
    CBO estimates that none of the remaining 58 bills included 
in this estimate would increase net direct spending by more 
than $2.5 billion or on-budget deficits by more than $5 billion 
in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 
2029.
    Mandates: One of the 59 bills included in this document, 
H.R. 5795, would impose both intergovernmental and private-
sector mandates as defined in UMRA. CBO estimates that the 
costs of that bill's mandates on public and private entities 
would fall below UMRA's thresholds ($80 million and $160 
million, respectively, for public- and private-sector entities 
in 2018, adjusted annually for inflation).
    In addition, five bills would impose private-sector 
mandates as defined in UMRA. CBO estimates that the costs of 
the mandates in three of those bills (H.R. 5333, H.R. 5554, and 
H.R. 5811) would fall below the UMRA threshold. Because CBO 
does not know how federal agencies would implement new 
authority granted in the other two of those five bills, H.R. 
5228 and 5687, CBO cannot determine whether the costs of their 
mandates would exceed the threshold.
    For large entitlement grant programs, including Medicaid 
and CHIP, UMRA defines an increase in the stringency of 
conditions on states or localities as an intergovernmental 
mandate if the affected governments lack authority to offset 
those costs while continuing to provide required services. 
Because states possess significant flexibility to alter their 
responsibilities within Medicaid and CHIP, the requirements 
imposed by various bills in the markup on state administration 
of those programs would not constitute mandates as defined in 
UMRA.

Mandates Affecting Public and Private Entities

    H.R. 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, 
would impose intergovernmental and private-sector mandates by 
requiring entities that provide treatment for substance use 
disorders to notify patients of their privacy rights and also 
to notify patients in the event that the confidentiality of 
their records is breached. In certain circumstances, H.R. 5795 
also would prohibit public and private entities from denying 
entry to treatment on the basis of information in patient 
health records. Those requirements would either supplant or 
narrowly expand responsibilities under existing law, and 
compliance with them would not impose significant additional 
costs. CBO estimates that the costs of the mandates would fall 
below the annual thresholds established in UMRA.

Mandates Affecting Private Entities

    Five bills included in this document would impose private-
sector mandates:
    H.R. 5228, the Stop Counterfeit Drugs by Regulating and 
Enhancing Enforcement Now Act, would require drug distributors 
to cease distributing any drug that the Secretary of HHS 
determines might present an imminent or substantial hazard to 
public health. CBO cannot determine what drugs could be subject 
to such an order nor can it determine how private entities 
would respond. Consequently, CBO cannot determine whether the 
aggregate cost of the mandate would exceed the annual threshold 
for private-sector mandates.
    H.R. 5333, the Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, 
Innovation, and Reform Act of 2018, would require developers 
and manufacturers of OTC drugs to pay certain fees to the FDA. 
CBO estimates that about $30 million would be collected each 
year, on average, for a total of $147 million over the 2019-
2023 period. Those amounts would not exceed the annual 
threshold for private-sector mandates in any year during that 
period.
    H.R. 5554, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee 
Amendments of 2018, would require developers and manufacturers 
of brand-name and generic veterinary drugs to pay application, 
product, establishment, and sponsor fees to the FDA. CBO 
estimates that about $51 million would be collected annually, 
on average, for a total of $257 million over the 2019-2023 
period. Those amounts would not exceed the annual threshold for 
private-sector mandates in any year during that period.
    H.R. 5687, the Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with 
Deliberate Disposal and Packaging Act of 2018, would permit the 
Secretary of HHS to require drug developers and manufacturers 
to implement new packaging and disposal technology for certain 
drugs. Based on information from the agency, CBO expects that 
the Secretary would use the new regulatory authority provided 
in the bill; however, it is uncertain how or when those 
requirements would be implemented. Consequently, CBO cannot 
determine whether the aggregate cost of the mandate would 
exceed the annual threshold for private entities.
    H.R. 5811, a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act with respect to postapproval study requirements 
for certain controlled substances, and for other purposes, 
would expand an existing mandate that requires drug developers 
to conduct postapproval studies or clinical trials for certain 
drugs. Under current law, in certain instances, the FDA can 
require studies or clinical trials after a drug has been 
approved. H.R. 5811 would permit the FDA to use that authority 
if the reduction in a drug's effectiveness meant that its 
benefits no longer outweighed its costs. CBO estimates that the 
incremental cost of the mandate would fall below the annual 
threshold established in UMRA because of the small number of 
drugs affected and the narrow expansion of the authority that 
exists under current law.
    None of the remaining 53 bills included in this document 
would impose an intergovernmental or private-sector mandate.
    Previous CBO estimate: On June 6, 2018, CBO issued an 
estimate for seven opioid-related bills ordered reported by the 
House Committee on Ways and Means on May 16, 2018. Two of those 
bills contain provisions that are identical or similar to the 
legislation ordered reported by the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce, and for those provisions, CBO's estimates are the 
same.
    In particular, five bills listed in this estimate contain 
provisions that are identical or similar to those in several 
sections of H.R. 5773, the Preventing Addiction for Susceptible 
Seniors Act of 2018:
       H.R. 5675, which would require prescription drug 
plans to implement drug management programs, is identical to 
section 2 of H.R. 5773.
       H.R. 4841, regarding electronic prior 
authorization for prescriptions under Medicare's Part D, is 
similar to section 3 of H.R. 5773.
       H.R. 5715, which would mandate the creation of a 
new Internet portal to allow various stakeholders to exchange 
information, is identical to section 4 of H.R. 5773.
       H.R. 5684, which would expand medication therapy 
management, is the same as section 5 of H.R. 5773.
       H.R. 5716, regarding prescriber notification, is 
identical to section 6 of H.R. 5773.
    In addition, in this estimate, a provision related to 
Medicare beneficiary education in H.R. 5686, the Medicare Clear 
Health Options in Care for Enrollees Act of 2018, is the same 
as a provision in section 2 of H.R. 5775, the Providing 
Reliable Options for Patients and Educational Resources Act of 
2018, in CBO's estimate for the Committee on Ways and Means.
    Estimate prepared by: Federal Costs: Rebecca Yip (Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention), Mark Grabowicz (Drug 
Enforcement Agency), Julia Christensen, Ellen Werble (Food and 
Drug Administration), Emily King, Andrea Noda, Lisa Ramirez-
Branum, Robert Stewart (Medicaid and Children's Health 
Insurance Program), Philippa Haven, Lara Robillard, Colin Yee, 
Rebecca Yip (Medicare), Philippa Haven (National Institutes of 
Health), Alice Burns, Andrea Noda (Office of the Secretary of 
the Department of Health and Human Services), Philippa Haven, 
Lori Housman, Emily King (Substance Abuse and Mental Health 
Services Administration, Health Resources and Services 
Administration); Federal Revenues: Jacob Fabian, Peter Huether, 
and Cecilia Pastrone; Fact Checking: Zachary Byrum and Kate 
Kelly; Mandates: Andrew Laughlin.
    Estimate reviewed by: Tom Bradley, Chief, Health Systems 
and Medicare Cost Estimates Unit; Chad M. Chirico, Chief, Low-
Income Health Programs and Prescription Drugs Cost Estimates 
Unit; Sarah Masi, Special Assistant for Health; Susan Willie, 
Chief, Mandates Unit; Leo Lex, Deputy Assistant Director for 
Budget Analysis; Theresa A. Gullo, Assistant Director for 
Budget Analysis.

                       Federal Mandates Statement

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act.

         Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general 
performance goal or objective of this legislation is to 
incentivize post-surgical injections as a pain treatment 
alternative to opioids by reversing a reimbursement cut for 
these treatments in the Ambulatory Service Center setting, as 
well as to collect data on a subset of codes related to these 
treatments.

                    Duplication of Federal Programs

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(5) of rule XIII, no provision of 
H.R. 5804 is known to be duplicative of another Federal 
program, including any program that was included in a report to 
Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 or the 
most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

                        Committee Cost Estimate

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII, the Committee 
adopts as its own the cost estimate prepared by the Director of 
the Congressional Budget Office pursuant to section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

       Earmark, Limited Tax Benefits, and Limited Tariff Benefits

    Pursuant to clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI, the 
Committee finds that H.R. 5804 contains no earmarks, limited 
tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits.

                  Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings

    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, the Committee finds 
that H.R. 3331 contains no directed rule makings.

                      Advisory Committee Statement

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                  Applicability to Legislative Branch

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act.

             Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation


Section 1. Short title

    Section 1 provides that the Act may be cited as the ``Post-
Surgical Injections as an Opioid Alternative Act.''

Section 2. Modification of payment for certain outpatient surgical 
        services

    Section 2 resets the reimbursement rate for five defined 
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes to the 2016 
level for five years. Additionally, the Comptroller General is 
directed to collect data relating to those codes in the 
hospital setting, and the Secretary is directed to study how 
effective the defined treatments are at replacing the need for 
opioids.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (new matter is 
printed in italic and existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

                          SOCIAL SECURITY ACT




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TITLE XVIII--HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE AGED AND DISABLED

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   Part B--Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits for the Aged and 
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                          PAYMENT OF BENEFITS

  Sec. 1833. (a) Except as provided in section 1876, and 
subject to the succeeding provisions of this section, there 
shall be paid from the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance 
Trust Fund, in the case of each individual who is covered under 
the insurance program established by this part and incurs 
expenses for services with respect to which benefits are 
payable under this part, amounts equal to--(1) in the case of 
services described in section 1832(a)(1)--80 percent of the 
reasonable charges for the services; except that (A) an 
organization which provides medical and other health services 
(or arranges for their availability) on a prepayment basis (and 
either is sponsored by a union or employer, or does not 
provide, or arrange for the provision of, any inpatient 
hospital services) may elect to be paid 80 percent of the 
reasonable cost of services for which payment may be made under 
this part on behalf of individuals enrolled in such 
organization in lieu of 80 percent of the reasonable charges 
for such services if the organization undertakes to charge such 
individuals no more than 20 percent of such reasonable cost 
plus any amounts payable by them as a result of subsection (b), 
(B) with respect to items and services described in section 
1861(s)(10)(A), the amounts paid shall be 100 percent of the 
reasonable charges for such items and services, (C) with 
respect to expenses incurred for those physicians' services for 
which payment may be made under this part that are described in 
section 1862(a)(4), the amounts paid shall be subject to such 
limitations as may be prescribed by regulations, (D) with 
respect to clinical diagnostic laboratory tests for which 
payment is made under this part (i)(I) on the basis of a fee 
schedule under subsection (h)(1) (for tests furnished before 
January 1, 2017) or section 1834(d)(1), the amount paid shall 
be equal to 80 percent (or 100 percent, in the case of such 
tests for which payment is made on an assignment-related basis) 
of the lesser of the amount determined under such fee schedule, 
the limitation amount for that test determined under subsection 
(h)(4)(B), or the amount of the charges billed for the tests, 
or (II) undersection 1834A (for tests furnished on or after 
January1, 2017), the amount paid shall be equal to 80 
percent(or 100 percent, in the case of such tests for 
whichpayment is made on an assignment-related basis) ofthe 
lesser of the amount determined under such sectionor the amount 
of the charges billed for the tests, or (ii) for tests 
furnished before January 1, 2017,on the basis of a negotiated 
rate established under subsection (h)(6), the amount paid shall 
be equal to 100 percent of such negotiated rate,,(E) with 
respect to services furnished to individuals who have been 
determined to have end stage renal disease, the amounts paid 
shall be determined subject to the provisions of section 
1881,(F) with respect to clinical social worker services under 
section 1861(s)(2)(N), the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of 
the lesser of (i) the actual charge for the services or (ii) 75 
percent of the amount determined for payment of a psychologist 
under clause (L),
                  (G) with respect to facility services 
                furnished in connection with a surgical 
                procedure specified pursuant to subsection 
                (i)(1)(A) and furnished to an individual in an 
                ambulatory surgical center described in such 
                subsection, for services furnished beginning 
                with the implementation date of a revised 
                payment system for such services in such 
                facilities specified in subsection (i)(2)(D), 
                the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the 
                lesser of the actual charge for the services or 
                the amount determined by the Secretary under 
                such revised payment system,
          (H) with respect to services of a certified 
        registered nurse anesthetist under section 1861(s)(11), 
        the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the least of 
        the actual charge, the prevailing charge that would be 
        recognized (or, for services furnished on or after 
        January 1, 1992, the fee schedule amount provided under 
        section 1848) if the services had been performed by an 
        anesthesiologist, or the fee schedule for such services 
        established by the Secretary in accordance with 
        subsection (l), (I) with respect to covered items 
        (described in section 1834(a)(13)), the amounts paid 
        shall be the amounts described in section 1834(a)(1), 
        and(J) with respect to expenses incurred for 
        radiologist services (as defined in section 
        1834(b)(6)), subject to section 1848, the amounts paid 
        shall be 80 percent of the lesser of the actual charge 
        for the services or the amount provided under the fee 
        schedule established under section 1834(b), (K) with 
        respect to certified nurse-midwife services under 
        section 1861(s)(2)(L), the amounts paid shall be 80 
        percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the 
        services or the amount determined by a fee schedule 
        established by the Secretary for the purposes of this 
        subparagraph (but in no event shall such fee schedule 
        exceed 65 percent of the prevailing charge that would 
        be allowed for the same service performed by a 
        physician, or, for services furnished on or after 
        January 1, 1992, 65 percent (or 100 percent for 
        services furnished on or after January 1, 2011) of the 
        fee schedule amount provided under section 1848 for the 
        same service performed by a physician), (L) with 
        respect to qualified psychologist services under 
        section 1861(s)(2)(M), the amounts paid shall be 80 
        percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the 
        services or the amount determined by a fee schedule 
        established by the Secretary for the purposes of this 
        subparagraph, (M) with respect to prosthetic devices 
        and orthotics and prosthetics (as defined in section 
        1834(h)(4)), the amounts paid shall be the amounts 
        described in section 1834(h)(1), (N) with respect to 
        expenses incurred for physicians' services (as defined 
        in section 1848(j)(3)) other than personalized 
        prevention plan services (as defined in section 
        1861(hhh)(1)), the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of 
        the payment basis determined under section 1848(a)(1), 
        (O) with respect to services described in section 
        1861(s)(2)(K) (relating to services furnished by 
        physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or clinic 
        nurse specialists), the amounts paid shall be equal to 
        80 percent of (i) the lesser of the actual charge or 85 
        percent of the fee schedule amount provided under 
        section 1848, or (ii) in the case of services as an 
        assistant at surgery, the lesser of the actual charge 
        or 85 percent of the amount that would otherwise be 
        recognized if performed by a physician who is serving 
        as an assistant at surgery, (P) with respect to 
        surgical dressings, the amounts paid shall be the 
        amounts determined under section 1834(i), (Q) with 
        respect to items or services for which fee schedules 
        are established pursuant to section 1842(s), the 
        amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the lesser of the 
        actual charge or the fee schedule established in such 
        section, (R) with respect to ambulance services, (i) 
        the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the lesser of 
        the actual charge for the services or the amount 
        determined by a fee schedule established by the 
        Secretary under section 1834(l) and (ii) with respect 
        to ambulance services described in section 1834(l)(8), 
        the amounts paid shall be the amounts determined under 
        section 1834(g) for outpatient critical access hospital 
        services, (S) with respect to drugs and biologicals 
        (including intravenous immune globulin (as defined in 
        section 1861(zz))) not paid on a cost or prospective 
        payment basis as otherwise provided in this part (other 
        than items and services described in subparagraph (B)), 
        the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the lesser of 
        the actual charge or the payment amount established in 
        section 1842(o) (or, if applicable, under section 1847, 
        1847A, or 1847B), (T) with respect to medical nutrition 
        therapy services (as defined in section 1861(vv)), the 
        amount paid shall be 80 percent (or 100 percent if such 
        services are recommended with a grade of A or B by the 
        United States Preventive Services Task Force for any 
        indication or population and are appropriate for the 
        individual) of the lesser of the actual charge for the 
        services or 85 percent of the amount determined under 
        the fee schedule established under section 1848(b) for 
        the same services if furnished by a physician, (U) with 
        respect to facility fees described in section 
        1834(m)(2)(B), the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of 
        the lesser of the actual charge or the amounts 
        specified in such section, (V) notwithstanding 
        subparagraphs (I) (relating to durable medical 
        equipment), (M) (relating to prosthetic devices and 
        orthotics and prosthetics), and (Q) (relating to 
        1842(s) items), with respect to competitively priced 
        items and services (described in section 1847(a)(2)) 
        that are furnished in a competitive area, the amounts 
        paid shall be the amounts described in section 
        1847(b)(5), (W) with respect to additional preventive 
        services (as defined in section 1861(ddd)(1)), the 
        amount paid shall be (i) in the case of such services 
        which are clinical diagnostic laboratory tests, the 
        amount determined under subparagraph (D) (if such 
        subparagraph were applied, by substituting ``100 
        percent'' for ``80 percent''), and (ii) in the case of 
        all other such services, 100 percent of the lesser of 
        the actual charge for the service or the amount 
        determined under a fee schedule established by the 
        Secretary for purposes of this subparagraph, (X) with 
        respect to personalized prevention plan services (as 
        defined in section 1861(hhh)(1)), the amount paid shall 
        be 100 percent of the lesser of the actual charge for 
        the services or the amount determined under the payment 
        basis determined under section 1848, (Y) with respect 
        to preventive services described in subparagraphs (A) 
        and (B) of section 1861(ddd)(3) that are appropriate 
        for the individual and, in the case of such services 
        described in subparagraph (A), are recommended with a 
        grade of A or B by the United States Preventive 
        Services Task Force for any indication or population, 
        the amount paid shall be 100 percent of (i) except as 
        provided in clause (ii), the lesser of the actual 
        charge for the services or the amount determined under 
        the fee schedule that applies to such services under 
        this part, and (ii) in the case of such services that 
        are covered OPD services (as defined in subsection 
        (t)(1)(B)), the amount determined under subsection (t), 
        (Z) with respect to Federally qualified health center 
        services for which payment is made under section 
        1834(o), the amounts paid shall be 80 percent of the 
        lesser of the actual charge or the amount determined 
        under such section, (AA) with respect to an applicable 
        disposable device (as defined in paragraph (2) of 
        section 1834(s)) furnished to an individual pursuant to 
        paragraph (1) of such section, the amount paid shall be 
        equal to 80 percent of the lesser of the actual charge 
        or the amount determined under paragraph (3) of such 
        section, and (BB) with respect to home infusion 
        therapy, the amount paid shall be an amount equal to 80 
        percent of the lesser of the actual charge for the 
        services or the amount determined under section 
        1834(u);
          (2) in the case of services described in section 
        1832(a)(2) (except those services described in 
        subparagraphs (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (H), and (I) of 
        such section and unless otherwise specified in section 
        1881)--
                  (A) with respect to home health services 
                (other than a covered osteoporosis drug) (as 
                defined in section 1861(kk)), the amount 
                determined under the prospective payment system 
                under section 1895;
                  (B) with respect to other items and services 
                (except those described in subparagraph (C), 
                (D), or (E) of this paragraph and except as may 
                be provided in section 1886 or section 
                1888(e)(9))--
                          (i) furnished before January 1, 1999, 
                        the lesser of--
                                  (I) the reasonable cost of 
                                such services, as determined 
                                under section 1861(v), or
                                  (II) the customary charges 
                                with respect to such 
                                services,--less the amount a 
                                provider may charge as 
                                described in clause (ii) of 
                                section 1866(a)(2)(A), but in 
                                no case may the payment for 
                                such other services exceed 80 
                                percent of such reasonable 
                                cost, or
                          (ii) if such services are furnished 
                        before January 1, 1999, by a public 
                        provider of services, or by another 
                        provider which demonstrates to the 
                        satisfaction of the Secretary that a 
                        significant portion of its patients are 
                        low-income (and requests that payment 
                        be made under this clause), free of 
                        charge or at nominal charges to the 
                        public, 80 percent of the amount 
                        determined in accordance with section 
                        1814(b)(2), or
                          (iii) if such services are furnished 
                        on or after January 1, 1999, the amount 
                        determined under subsection (t), or
                          (iv) if (and for so long as) the 
                        conditions described in section 
                        1814(b)(3) are met, the amounts 
                        determined under the reimbursement 
                        system described in such section;
                  (C) with respect to services described in the 
                second sentence of section 1861(p), 80 percent 
                of the reasonable charges for such services;
                  (D) with respect to clinical diagnostic 
                laboratory tests for which payment is made 
                under this part (i)(I)on the basis of a fee 
                schedule determined under subsection(h)(1) (for 
                tests furnished before January 1, 2017) or 
                section 1834(d)(1), the amount paid shall be 
                equal to 80 percent (or 100 percent, in the 
                case of such tests for which payment is made on 
                an assignment-related basis or to a provider 
                having an agreement under section 1866) of the 
                lesser of the amount determined under such fee 
                schedule, the limitation amount for that test 
                determined under subsection (h)(4)(B), or the 
                amount of the charges billed for the tests, or 
                (II) under section 1834A (for tests furnished 
                on or after January 1, 2017), the amount paid 
                shall be equal to 80 percent (or 100 percent, 
                in the case of such tests for which payment is 
                made on an assignment-related basis or to a 
                provider having an agreement under section 
                1866) of the lesser of the amount determined 
                under such section or the amount of the charges 
                billed for the tests, or (ii) for tests 
                furnished before January 1, 2017, on the basis 
                of a negotiated rate established under 
                subsection (h)(6), the amount paid shall be 
                equal to 100 percent of such negotiated rate 
                for such tests;
                  (E) with respect to--
                          (i) outpatient hospital radiology 
                        services (including diagnostic and 
                        therapeutic radiology, nuclear medicine 
                        and CAT scan procedures, magnetic 
                        resonance imaging, and ultrasound and 
                        other imaging services, but excluding 
                        screening mammography and, for services 
                        furnished on or after January 1, 2005, 
                        diagnostic mammography), and
                          (ii) effective for procedures 
                        performed on or after October 1, 1989, 
                        diagnostic procedures (as defined by 
                        the Secretary) described in section 
                        1861(s)(3) (other than diagnostic x-ray 
                        tests and diagnostic laboratory tests),
                the amount determined under subsection (n) or, 
                for services or procedures performed on or 
                after January 1, 1999, subsection (t);
                  (F) with respect to a covered osteoporosis 
                drug (as defined in section 1861(kk)) furnished 
                by a home health agency, 80 percent of the 
                reasonable cost of such service, as determined 
                under section 1861(v);
                  (G) with respect to items and services 
                described in section 1861(s)(10)(A), the lesser 
                of--
                          (i) the reasonable cost of such 
                        services, as determined under section 
                        1861(v), or
                          (ii) the customary charges with 
                        respect to such services; and
                  (H) with respect to personalized prevention 
                plan services (as defined in section 
                1861(hhh)(1)) furnished by an outpatient 
                department of a hospital, the amount determined 
                under paragraph (1)(X),
                or, if such services are furnished by a public 
                provider of services, or by another provider 
                which demonstrates to the satisfaction of the 
                Secretary that a significant portion of its 
                patients are low-income (and requests that 
                payment be made under this provision), free of 
                charge or at nominal charges to the public, the 
                amount determined in accordance with section 
                1814(b)(2);
          (3) in the case of services described in section 
        1832(a)(2)(D)--
                  (A) except as provided in subparagraph (B), 
                the costs which are reasonable and related to 
                the cost of furnishing such services or which 
                are based on such other tests of reasonableness 
                as the Secretary may prescribe in regulations, 
                including those authorized under section 
                1861(v)(1)(A), less the amount a provider may 
                charge as described in clause (ii) of section 
                1866(a)(2)(A), but in no case may the payment 
                for such services (other than for items and 
                services described in section 1861(s)(10)(A)) 
                exceed 80 percent of such costs; or
                  (B) with respect to the services described in 
                clause (ii) of section 1832(a)(2)(D) that are 
                furnished to an individual enrolled with a MA 
                plan under part C pursuant to a written 
                agreement described in section 1853(a)(4), the 
                amount (if any) by which--
                          (i) the amount of payment that would 
                        have otherwise been provided (I) under 
                        subparagraph (A) (calculated as if 
                        ``100 percent'' were substituted for 
                        ``80 percent'' in such subparagraph) 
                        for such services if the individual had 
                        not been so enrolled, or (II) in the 
                        case of such services furnished on or 
                        after the implementation date of the 
                        prospective payment system under 
                        section 1834(o), under such section 
                        (calculated as if ``100 percent'' were 
                        substituted for ``80 percent'' in such 
                        section) for such services if the 
                        individual had not been so enrolled; 
                        exceeds
                          (ii) the amount of the payments 
                        received under such written agreement 
                        for such services (not including any 
                        financial incentives provided for in 
                        such agreement such as risk pool 
                        payments, bonuses, or withholds),
                less the amount the federally qualified health 
                center may charge as described in section 
                1857(e)(3)(B);
          (4) in the case of facility services described in 
        section 1832(a)(2)(F), and outpatient hospital facility 
        services furnished in connection with surgical 
        procedures specified by the Secretary pursuant to 
        section 1833(i)(1)(A), the applicable amount as 
        determined under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (i) 
        or subsection (t);
          (5) in the case of covered items (described in 
        section 1834(a)(13)) the amounts described in section 
        1834(a)(1);
          (6) in the case of outpatient critical access 
        hospital services, the amounts described in section 
        1834(g);
          (7) in the case of prosthetic devices and orthotics 
        and prosthetics (as described in section 1834(h)(4)), 
        the amounts described in section 1834(h);
          (8) in the case of--
                  (A) outpatient physical therapy services, 
                outpatient speech-language pathology services, 
                and outpatient occupational therapy services 
                furnished--
                          (i) by a rehabilitation agency, 
                        public health agency, clinic, 
                        comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation 
                        facility, or skilled nursing facility,
                          (ii) by a home health agency to an 
                        individual who is not homebound, or
                          (iii) by another entity under an 
                        arrangement with an entity described in 
                        clause (i) or (ii); and
                  (B) outpatient physical therapy services, 
                outpatient speech-language pathology services, 
                and outpatient occupational therapy services 
                furnished--
                          (i) by a hospital to an outpatient or 
                        to a hospital inpatient who is entitled 
                        to benefits under part A but has 
                        exhausted benefits for inpatient 
                        hospital services during a spell of 
                        illness or is not so entitled to 
                        benefits under part A, or
                          (ii) by another entity under an 
                        arrangement with a hospital described 
                        in clause (i),
        the amounts described in section 1834(k); and
          (9) in the case of services described in section 
        1832(a)(2)(E) that are not described in paragraph (8), 
        the amounts described in section 1834(k).
         Paragraph (3)(A) shall not apply to Federally 
        qualified health center services furnished on or after 
        the implementation date of the prospective payment 
        system under section 1834(0).
  (b) Before applying subsection (a) with respect to expenses 
incurred by an individual during any calendar year, the total 
amount of the expenses incurred by such individual during such 
year (which would, except for this subsection, constitute 
incurred expenses from which benefits payable under subsection 
(a) are determinable) shall be reduced by a deductible of $75 
for calendar years before 1991, $100 for 1991 through 2004, 
$110 for 2005, and for a subsequent year the amount of such 
deductible for the previous year increased by the annual 
percentage increase in the monthly actuarial rate under section 
1839(a)(1) ending with such subsequent year (rounded to the 
nearest $1); except that (1) such total amount shall not 
include expenses incurred for preventive services described in 
subparagraph (A) of section 1861(ddd)(3) that are recommended 
with a grade of A or B by the United States Preventive Services 
Task Force for any indication or population and are appropriate 
for the individual., (2) such deductible shall not apply with 
respect to home health services (other than a covered 
osteoporosis drug (as defined in section 1861(kk))), (3) such 
deductible shall not apply with respect to clinical diagnostic 
laboratory tests for which payment is made under this part (A) 
under subsection (a)(1)(D)(i) or (a)(2)(D)(i) on an assignment-
related basis, or to a provider having an agreement under 
section 1866, or (B) for tests furnished before January 1, 
2017,on the basis of a negotiated rate determined under 
subsection (h)(6), (4) such deductible shall not apply to 
Federally qualified health center services, (5) such deductible 
shall not apply with respect to screening mammography (as 
described in section 1861(jj)), (6) such deductible shall not 
apply with respect to screening pap smear and screening pelvic 
exam (as described in section 1861(nn)), (7) such deductible 
shall not apply with respect to ultrasound screening for 
abdominal aortic aneurysm (as defined in section 1861(bbb)), 
(8) such deductible shall not apply with respect to colorectal 
cancer screening tests (as described in section 1861(pp)(1)), 
(9) such deductible shall not apply with respect to an initial 
preventive physical examination (as defined in section 
1861(ww)), and (10) such deductible shall not apply with 
respect to personalized prevention plan services (as defined in 
section 1861(hhh)(1)). The total amount of the expenses 
incurred by an individual as determined under the preceding 
sentence shall, after the reduction specified in such sentence, 
be further reduced by an amount equal to the expenses incurred 
for the first three pints of whole blood (or equivalent 
quantities of packed red blood cells, as defined under 
regulations) furnished to the individual during the calendar 
year, except that such deductible for such blood shall in 
accordance with regulations be appropriately reduced to the 
extent that there has been a replacement of such blood (or 
equivalent quantities of packed red blood cells, as so 
defined); and for such purposes blood (or equivalent quantities 
of packed red blood cells, as so defined) furnished such 
individual shall be deemed replaced when the institution or 
other person furnishing such blood (or such equivalent 
quantities of packed red blood cells, as so defined) is given 
one pint of blood for each pint of blood (or equivalent 
quantities of packed red blood cells, as so defined) furnished 
such individual with respect to which a deduction is made under 
this sentence. The deductible under the previous sentence for 
blood or blood cells furnished an individual in a year shall be 
reduced to the extent that a deductible has been imposed under 
section 1813(a)(2) to blood or blood cells furnished the 
individual in the year. Paragraph (1) of the first sentence of 
this subsection shall apply with respect to a colorectal cancer 
screening test regardless of the code that is billed for the 
establishment of a diagnosis as a result of the test, or for 
the removal of tissue or other matter or other procedure that 
is furnished in connection with, as a result of, and in the 
same clinical encounter as the screening test.
  (c)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, with 
respect to expenses incurred in a calendar year in connection 
with the treatment of mental, psychoneurotic, and personality 
disorders of an individual who is not an inpatient of a 
hospital at the time such expenses are incurred, there shall be 
considered as incurred expenses for purposes of subsections (a) 
and (b)--
          (A) for expenses incurred in years prior to 2010, 
        only 62\1/2\ percent of such expenses;
          (B) for expenses incurred in 2010 or 2011, only 68\3/
        4\ percent of such expenses;
          (C) for expenses incurred in 2012, only 75 percent of 
        such expenses;
          (D) for expenses incurred in 2013, only 81\1/4\ 
        percent of such expenses; and
          (E) for expenses incurred in 2014 or any subsequent 
        calendar year, 100 percent of such expenses.
  (2) For purposes of subparagraphs (A) through (D) of 
paragraph (1), the term ``treatment'' does not include brief 
office visits (as defined by the Secretary) for the sole 
purpose of monitoring or changing drug prescriptions used in 
the treatment of such disorders or partial hospitalization 
services that are not directly provided by a physician
  (d) No payment may be made under this part with respect to 
any services furnished an individual to the extent that such 
individual is entitled (or would be entitled except for section 
1813) to have payment made with respect to such services under 
part A.
  (e) No payment shall be made to any provider of services or 
other person under this part unless there has been furnished 
such information as may be necessary in order to determine the 
amounts due such provider or other person under this part for 
the period with respect to which the amounts are being paid or 
for any prior period.
  (f) In establishing limits under subsection (a) on payment 
for rural health clinic services provided by rural health 
clinics (other than such clinics in hospitals with less than 50 
beds), the Secretary shall establish such limit, for services 
provided--
          (1) in 1988, after March 31, at $46 per visit, and
          (2) in a subsequent year, at the limit established 
        under this subsection for the previous year increased 
        by the percentage increase in the MEI (as defined in 
        section 1842(i)(3)) applicable to primary care services 
        (as defined in section 1842(i)(4)) furnished as of the 
        first day of that year.
  (g)(1)(A) Subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), in the case of 
physical therapy services of the type described in section 
1861(p) and speech-language pathology services of the type 
described in such section through the application of section 
1861(ll)(2), but (except as provided in paragraph (6)) not 
described in subsection (a)(8)(B), and physical therapy 
services and speech-language pathology services of such type 
which are furnished by a physician or as incident to 
physicians' services, with respect to expenses incurred in any 
calendar year, no more than the amount specified in paragraph 
(2) for the year shall be considered as incurred expenses for 
purposes of subsections (a) and (b). The preceding sentence 
shall not apply to expenses incurred with respect to services 
furnished after December 31, 2017.
  (B) With respect to services furnished during 2018 or a 
subsequent year, in the case of physical therapy services of 
the type described in section 1861(p), speech-language 
pathology services of the type described in such section 
through the application of section 1861(ll)(2), and physical 
therapy services and speech-language pathology services of such 
type which are furnished by a physician or as incident to 
physicians' services, with respect to expenses incurred in any 
calendar year, any amount that is more than the amount 
specified in paragraph (2) for the year shall not be considered 
as incurred expenses for purposes of subsections (a) and (b) 
unless the applicable requirements of paragraph (7) are met.
  (2) The amount specified in this paragraph--
          (A) for 1999, 2000, and 2001, is $1,500, and
          (B) for a subsequent year is the amount specified in 
        this paragraph for the preceding year increased by the 
        percentage increase in the MEI (as defined in section 
        1842(i)(3)) for such subsequent year;
except that if an increase under subparagraph (B) for a year is 
not a multiple of $10, it shall be rounded to the nearest 
multiple of $10.
  (3)(A) Subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), in the case of 
occupational therapy services (of the type that are described 
in section 1861(p) (but (except as provided in paragraph (6)) 
not described in subsection (a)(8)(B)) through the operation of 
section 1861(g) and of such type which are furnished by a 
physician or as incident to physicians' services), with respect 
to expenses incurred in any calendar year, no more than the 
amount specified in paragraph (2) for the year shall be 
considered as incurred expenses for purposes of subsections (a) 
and (b). The preceding sentence shall not apply to expenses 
incurred with respect to services furnished after December 31, 
2017.
  (B) With respect to services furnished during 2018 or a 
subsequent year, in the case of occupational therapy services 
(of the type that are described in section 1861(p) through the 
operation of section 1861(g) and of such type which are 
furnished by a physician or as incident to physicians' 
services), with respect to expenses incurred in any calendar 
year, any amount that is more than the amount specified in 
paragraph (2) for the year shall not be considered as incurred 
expenses for purposes of subsections (a) and (b) unless the 
applicable requirements of paragraph (7) are met.
  (4) This subsection shall not apply to expenses incurred with 
respect to services furnished during 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 
and 2005.
  (5)(A) With respect to expenses incurred during the period 
beginning on January 1, 2006, and ending on December 31, 2017, 
for services, the Secretary shall implement a process under 
which an individual enrolled under this part may, upon request 
of the individual or a person on behalf of the individual, 
obtain an exception from the uniform dollar limitation 
specified in paragraph (2), for services described in 
paragraphs (1) and (3) if the provision of such services is 
determined to be medically necessary and if the requirement of 
subparagraph (B) is met. Under such process, if the Secretary 
does not make a decision on such a request for an exception 
within 10 business days of the date of the Secretary's receipt 
of the request made in accordance with such requirement, the 
Secretary shall be deemed to have found the services to be 
medically necessary.
  (B) In the case of outpatient therapy services for which an 
exception is requested under the first sentence of subparagraph 
(A), the claim for such services shall contain an appropriate 
modifier (such as the KX modifier used as of the date of the 
enactment of this subparagraph) indicating that such services 
are medically necessary as justified by appropriate 
documentation in the medical record involved.
  (C)(i) In applying this paragraph with respect to a request 
for an exception with respect to expenses that would be 
incurred for outpatient therapy services (including services 
described in subsection (a)(8)(B)) that would exceed the 
threshold described in clause (ii) for a year, the request for 
such an exception, for services furnished on or after October 
1, 2012, shall be subject to a manual medical review process 
that, subject to subparagraph (E), is similar to the manual 
medical review process used for certain exceptions under this 
paragraph in 2006.
  (ii) The threshold under this clause for a year is $3,700. 
Such threshold shall be applied separately--
          (I) for physical therapy services and speech-language 
        pathology services; and
          (II) for occupational therapy services.
  (E)(i) In place of the manual medical review process under 
subparagraph (C)(i), the Secretary shall implement a process 
for medical review under this subparagraph under which the 
Secretary shall identify and conduct medical review for 
services described in subparagraph (C)(i) furnished by a 
provider of services or supplier (in this subparagraph referred 
to as a ``therapy provider'') using such factors as the 
Secretary determines to be appropriate.
  (ii) Such factors may include the following:
          (I) The therapy provider has had a high claims denial 
        percentage for therapy services under this part or is 
        less compliant with applicable requirements under this 
        title.
          (II) The therapy provider has a pattern of billing 
        for therapy services under this part that is aberrant 
        compared to peers or otherwise has questionable billing 
        practices for such services, such as billing medically 
        unlikely units of services in a day.
          (III) The therapy provider is newly enrolled under 
        this title or has not previously furnished therapy 
        services under this part.
          (IV) The services are furnished to treat a type of 
        medical condition.
          (V) The therapy provider is part of group that 
        includes another therapy provider identified using the 
        factors determined under this subparagraph.
  (iii) For purposes of carrying out this subparagraph, the 
Secretary shall provide for the transfer, from the Federal 
Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund under section 1841, 
of $5,000,000 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 
Program Management Account for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, to 
remain available until expended. Such funds may not be used by 
a contractor under section 1893(h) for medical reviews under 
this subparagraph.
  (iv) The targeted review process under this subparagraph 
shall not apply to services for which expenses are incurred 
beyond the period for which the exceptions process under 
subparagraph (A) is implemented, except as such process is 
applied under paragraph (7)(B).
  (6)(A) In applying paragraphs (1) and (3) to services 
furnished during the period beginning not later than October 1, 
2012, and ending on December 31, 2017, the exclusion of 
services described in subsection (a)(8)(B) from the uniform 
dollar limitation specified in paragraph (2) shall not apply to 
such services furnished during 2012 through 2017.
  (B)(i) With respect to outpatient therapy services furnished 
beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and before January 1, 
2014, for which payment is made under section 1834(g), the 
Secretary shall count toward the uniform dollar limitations 
described in paragraphs (1) and (3) and the threshold described 
in paragraph (5)(C) the amount that would be payable under this 
part if such services were paid under section 1834(k)(1)(B) 
instead of being paid under section 1834(g).
  (ii) Nothing in clause (i) shall be construed as changing the 
method of payment for outpatient therapy services under section 
1834(g).
  (7) For purposes of paragraphs (1)(B) and (3)(B), with 
respect to services described in such paragraphs, the 
requirements described in this paragraph are as follows:
          (A) Inclusion of appropriate modifier.--The claim for 
        such services contains an appropriate modifier (such as 
        the KX modifier described in paragraph (5)(B)) 
        indicating that such services are medically necessary 
        as justified by appropriate documentation in the 
        medical record involved.
          (B) Targeted medical review for certain services 
        above threshold.--
                  (i) In general.--In the case where expenses 
                that would be incurred for such services would 
                exceed the threshold described in clause (ii) 
                for the year, such services shall be subject to 
                the process for medical review implemented 
                under paragraph (5)(E).
                  (ii) Threshold.--The threshold under this 
                clause for--
                          (I) a year before 2028, is $3,000;
                          (II) 2028, is the amount specified in 
                        subclause (I) increased by the 
                        percentage increase in the MEI (as 
                        defined in section 1842(i)(3)) for 
                        2028; and
                          (III) a subsequent year, is the 
                        amount specified in this clause for the 
                        preceding year increased by the 
                        percentage increase in the MEI (as 
                        defined in section 1842(i)(3)) for such 
                        subsequent year;
                except that if an increase under subclause (II) 
                or (III) for a year is not a multiple of $10, 
                it shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of 
                $10.
                  (iii) Application.--The threshold under 
                clause (ii) shall be applied separately--
                          (I) for physical therapy services and 
                        speech-language pathology services; and
                          (II) for occupational therapy 
                        services.
                  (iv) Funding.--For purposes of carrying out 
                this subparagraph, the Secretary shall provide 
                for the transfer, from the Federal 
                Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund 
                under section 1841 to the Centers for Medicare 
                & Medicaid Services Program Management Account, 
                of $5,000,000 for each fiscal year beginning 
                with fiscal year 2018, to remain available 
                until expended. Such funds may not be used by a 
                contractor under section 1893(h) for medical 
                reviews under this subparagraph.
  (8) With respect to services furnished on or after January 1, 
2013, where payment may not be made as a result of application 
of paragraphs (1) and (3), section 1879 shall apply in the same 
manner as such section applies to a denial that is made by 
reason of section 1862(a)(1).
  (h)(1)(A) Subject to section 1834(d)(1), the Secretary shall 
establish fee schedules for clinical diagnostic laboratory 
tests (including prostate cancer screening tests under section 
1861(oo) consisting of prostate-specific antigen blood tests) 
for which payment is made under this part, other than such 
tests performed by a provider of services for an inpatient of 
such provider.
  (B) In the case of clinical diagnostic laboratory tests 
performed by a physician or by a laboratory (other than tests 
performed by a qualified hospital laboratory (as defined in 
subparagraph (D)) for outpatients of such hospital), the fee 
schedules established under subparagraph (A) shall be 
established on a regional, statewide, or carrier service area 
basis (as the Secretary may determine to be appropriate) for 
tests furnished on or after July 1, 1984.
  (C) In the case of clinical diagnostic laboratory tests 
performed by a qualified hospital laboratory (as defined in 
subparagraph (D)) for outpatients of such hospital, the fee 
schedules established under subparagraph (A) shall be 
established on a regional, statewide, or carrier service area 
basis (as the Secretary may determine to be appropriate) for 
tests furnished on or after July 1, 1984.
  (D) In this subsection, the term ``qualified hospital 
laboratory'' means a hospital laboratory, in a sole community 
hospital (as defined in section 1886(d)(5)(D)(iii)), which 
provides some clinical diagnostic laboratory tests 24 hours a 
day in order to serve a hospital emergency room which is 
available to provide services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  (2)(A)(i) Except as provided in clause (v), subparagraph (B), 
and paragraph (4), the Secretary shall set the fee schedules at 
60 percent (or, in the case of a test performed by a qualified 
hospital laboratory (as defined in paragraph (1)(D)) for 
outpatients of such hospital, 62 percent) of the prevailing 
charge level determined pursuant to the third and fourth 
sentences of section 1842(b)(3) for similar clinical diagnostic 
laboratory tests for the applicable region, State, or area for 
the 12-month period beginning July 1, 1984, adjusted annually 
(to become effective on January 1 of each year) by, subject to 
clause (iv), a percentage increase or decrease equal to the 
percentage increase or decrease in the Consumer Price Index for 
All Urban Consumers (United States city average) minus, for 
each of the years 2009 and 2010, 0.5 percentage points, and, 
for tests furnished before the dateof enactment of section 
1834A, subject to such other adjustments as the Secretary 
determines are justified by technological changes.
  (ii) Notwithstanding clause (i)--
          (I) any change in the fee schedules which would have 
        become effective under this subsection for tests 
        furnished on or after January 1, 1988, shall not be 
        effective for tests furnished during the 3-month period 
        beginning on January 1, 1988,
          (II) the Secretary shall not adjust the fee schedules 
        under clause (i) to take into account any increase in 
        the consumer price index for 1988,
          (III) the annual adjustment in the fee schedules 
        determined under clause (i) for each of the years 1991, 
        1992, and 1993 shall be 2 percent, and
          (IV) the annual adjustment in the fee schedules 
        determined under clause (i) for each of the years 1994 
        and 1995, 1998 through 2002, and 2004 through 2008 
        shall be 0 percent.
  (iii) In establishing fee schedules under clause (i) with 
respect to automated tests and tests (other than cytopathology 
tests) which before July 1, 1984, the Secretary made subject to 
a limit based on lowest charge levels under the sixth sentence 
of section 1842(b)(3) performed after March 31, 1988, the 
Secretary shall reduce by 8.3 percent the fee schedules 
otherwise established for 1988, and such reduced fee schedules 
shall serve as the base for 1989 and subsequent years.
  (iv) After determining the adjustment to the fee schedules 
under clause (i), the Secretary shall reduce such adjustment--
          (I) for 2011 and each subsequent year, by the 
        productivity adjustment described in section 
        1886(b)(3)(B)(xi)(II); and
          (II) for each of 2011 through 2015, by 1.75 
        percentage points.
Subclause (I) shall not apply in a year where the adjustment to 
the fee schedules determined under clause (i) is 0.0 or a 
percentage decrease for a year. The application of the 
productivity adjustment under subclause (I) shall not result in 
an adjustment to the fee schedules under clause (i) being less 
than 0.0 for a year. The application of subclause (II) may 
result in an adjustment to the fee schedules under clause (i) 
being less than 0.0 for a year, and may result in payment rates 
for a year being less than such payment rates for the preceding 
year.
  (v) The Secretary shall reduce by 2 percent the fee schedules 
otherwise determined under clause (i) for 2013, and such 
reduced fee schedules shall serve as the base for 2014 and 
subsequent years.
  (B) The Secretary may make further adjustments or exceptions 
to the fee schedules to assure adequate reimbursement of (i) 
emergency laboratory tests needed for the provision of bona 
fide emergency services, and (ii) certain low volume high-cost 
tests where highly sophisticated equipment or extremely skilled 
personnel are necessary to assure quality.
  (3) In addition to the amounts provided under the fee 
schedules (for tests furnished before January 1, 2017)or under 
section 1834A (for tests furnished on or afterJanuary 1, 2017), 
subject to subsection (b)(5) of such section, the Secretary 
shall provide for and establish (A) a nominal fee to cover the 
appropriate costs in collecting the sample on which a clinical 
diagnostic laboratory test was performed and for which payment 
is made under this part, except that not more than one such fee 
may be provided under this paragraph with respect to samples 
collected in the same encounter, and (B) a fee to cover the 
transportation and personnel expenses for trained personnel to 
travel to the location of an individual to collect the sample, 
except that such a fee may be provided only with respect to an 
individual who is homebound or an inpatient in an inpatient 
facility (other than a hospital). In establishing a fee to 
cover the transportation and personnel expenses for trained 
personnel to travel to the location of an individual to collect 
a sample, the Secretary shall provide a method for computing 
the fee based on the number of miles traveled and the personnel 
costs associated with the collection of each individual sample, 
but the Secretary shall only be required to apply such method 
in the case of tests furnished during the period beginning on 
April 1, 1989, and ending on December 31, 1990, by a laboratory 
that establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary (based on 
data for the 12-month period ending June 30, 1988) that (i) the 
laboratory is dependent upon payments under this title for at 
least 80 percent of its collected revenues for clinical 
diagnostic laboratory tests, (ii) at least 85 percent of its 
gross revenues for such tests are attributable to tests 
performed with respect to individuals who are homebound or who 
are residents in a nursing facility, and (iii) the laboratory 
provided such tests for residents in nursing facilities 
representing at least 20 percent of the number of such 
facilities in the State in which the laboratory is located.
  (4)(A) In establishing any fee schedule under this 
subsection, the Secretary may provide for an adjustment to take 
into account, with respect to the portion of the expenses of 
clinical diagnostic laboratory tests attributable to wages, the 
relative difference between a region's or local area's wage 
rates and the wage rate presumed in the data on which the 
schedule is based.
  (B) For purposes of subsections (a)(1)(D)(i) and 
(a)(2)(D)(i), the limitation amount for a clinical diagnostic 
laboratory test performed--
          (i) on or after July 1, 1986, and before April 1, 
        1988, is equal to 115 percent of the median of all the 
        fee schedules established for that test for that 
        laboratory setting under paragraph (1),
          (ii) after March 31, 1988, and before January 1, 
        1990, is equal to the median of all the fee schedules 
        established for that test for that laboratory setting 
        under paragraph (1),
          (iii) after December 31, 1989, and before January 1, 
        1991, is equal to 93 percent of the median of all the 
        fee schedules established for that test for that 
        laboratory setting under paragraph (1),
          (iv) after December 31, 1990, and before January 1, 
        1994, is equal to 88 percent of such median,
          (v) after December 31, 1993, and before January 1, 
        1995, is equal to 84 percent of such median,
          (vi) after December 31, 1994, and before January 1, 
        1996, is equal to 80 percent of such median,
          (vii) after December 31, 1995, and before January 1, 
        1998, is equal to 76 percent of such median, and
          (viii) after December 31, 1997, is equal to 74 
        percent of such median (or 100 percent of such median 
        in the case of a clinical diagnostic laboratory test 
        performed on or after January 1, 2001, that the 
        Secretary determines is a new test for which no 
        limitation amount has previously been established under 
        this subparagraph).
  (5)(A) In the case of a bill or request for payment for a 
clinical diagnostic laboratory test for which payment may 
otherwise be made under this part on an assignment-related 
basis or under a provider agreement under section 1866, payment 
may be made only to the person or entity which performed or 
supervised the performance of such test; except that--
          (i) if a physician performed or supervised the 
        performance of such test, payment may be made to 
        another physician with whom he shares his practice,
          (ii) in the case of a test performed at the request 
        of a laboratory by another laboratory, payment may be 
        made to the referring laboratory but only if--
                  (I) the referring laboratory is located in, 
                or is part of, a rural hospital,
                  (II) the referring laboratory is wholly owned 
                by the entity performing such test, the 
                referring laboratory wholly owns the entity 
                performing such test, or both the referring 
                laboratory and the entity performing such test 
                are wholly-owned by a third entity, or
                  (III) not more than 30 percent of the 
                clinical diagnostic laboratory tests for which 
                such referring laboratory (but not including a 
                laboratory described in subclause (II)), 
                receives requests for testing during the year 
                in which the test is performed are performed by 
                another laboratory, and
          (iii) in the case of a clinical diagnostic laboratory 
        test provided under an arrangement (as defined in 
        section 1861(w)(1)) made by a hospital, critical access 
        hospital, or skilled nursing facility, payment shall be 
        made to the hospital or skilled nursing facility.
  (B) In the case of such a bill or request for payment for a 
clinical diagnostic laboratory test for which payment may 
otherwise be made under this part, and which is not described 
in subparagraph (A), payment may be made to the beneficiary 
only on the basis of the itemized bill of the person or entity 
which performed or supervised the performance of the test.
  (C) Payment for a clinical diagnostic laboratory test, 
including a test performed in a physician's office but 
excluding a test performed by a rural health clinic may only be 
made on an assignment-related basis or to a provider of 
services with an agreement in effect under section 1866.
  (D) A person may not bill for a clinical diagnostic 
laboratory test, including a test performed in a physician's 
office but excluding a test performed by a rural health clinic, 
other than on an assignment-related basis. If a person 
knowingly and willfully and on a repeated basis bills for a 
clinical diagnostic laboratory test in violation of the 
previous sentence, the Secretary may apply sanctions against 
the person in the same manner as the Secretary may apply 
sanctions against a physician in accordance with paragraph (2) 
of section 1842(j) in the same manner such paragraphs apply 
with respect to a physician. Paragraph (4) of such section 
shall apply in this subparagraph in the same manner as such 
paragraph applies to such section.
  (6) For tests furnished before January 1, 2017, inthe case of 
any diagnostic laboratory test payment for which is not made on 
the basis of a fee schedule under paragraph (1), the Secretary 
may establish a payment rate which is acceptable to the person 
or entity performing the test and which would be considered the 
full charge for such tests. Such negotiated rate shall be 
limited to an amount not in excess of the total payment that 
would have been made for the services in the absence of such 
rate.
  (7) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (4)and section 1834A, 
the Secretary shall establish a national minimum payment amount 
under this part for a diagnostic or screening pap smear 
laboratory test (including all cervical cancer screening 
technologies that have been approved by the Food and Drug 
Administration as a primary screening method for detection of 
cervical cancer) equal to $14.60 for tests furnished in 2000. 
For such tests furnished in subsequent years, such national 
minimum payment amount shall be adjusted annually as provided 
in paragraph (2).
  (8)(A) The Secretary shall establish by regulation procedures 
for determining the basis for, and amount of, payment under 
this subsection for any clinical diagnostic laboratory test 
with respect to which a new or substantially revised HCPCS code 
is assigned on or after January 1, 2005 (in this paragraph 
referred to as ``new tests'').
  (B) Determinations under subparagraph (A) shall be made only 
after the Secretary--
          (i) makes available to the public (through an 
        Internet website and other appropriate mechanisms) a 
        list that includes any such test for which 
        establishment of a payment amount under this subsection 
        is being considered for a year;
          (ii) on the same day such list is made available, 
        causes to have published in the Federal Register notice 
        of a meeting to receive comments and recommendations 
        (and data on which recommendations are based) from the 
        public on the appropriate basis under this subsection 
        for establishing payment amounts for the tests on such 
        list;
          (iii) not less than 30 days after publication of such 
        notice convenes a meeting, that includes 
        representatives of officials of the Centers for 
        Medicare & Medicaid Services involved in determining 
        payment amounts, to receive such comments and 
        recommendations (and data on which the recommendations 
        are based);
          (iv) taking into account the comments and 
        recommendations (and accompanying data) received at 
        such meeting, develops and makes available to the 
        public (through an Internet website and other 
        appropriate mechanisms) a list of proposed 
        determinations with respect to the appropriate basis 
        for establishing a payment amount under this subsection 
        for each such code, together with an explanation of the 
        reasons for each such determination, the data on which 
        the determinations are based, and a request for public 
        written comments on the proposed determination; and
          (v) taking into account the comments received during 
        the public comment period, develops and makes available 
        to the public (through an Internet website and other 
        appropriate mechanisms) a list of final determinations 
        of the payment amounts for such tests under this 
        subsection, together with the rationale for each such 
        determination, the data on which the determinations are 
        based, and responses to comments and suggestions 
        received from the public.
  (C) Under the procedures established pursuant to subparagraph 
(A), the Secretary shall--
          (i) set forth the criteria for making determinations 
        under subparagraph (A); and
          (ii) make available to the public the data (other 
        than proprietary data) considered in making such 
        determinations.
  (D) The Secretary may convene such further public meetings to 
receive public comments on payment amounts for new tests under 
this subsection as the Secretary deems appropriate.
  (E) For purposes of this paragraph:
          (i) The term ``HCPCS'' refers to the Health Care 
        Procedure Coding System.
          (ii) A code shall be considered to be ``substantially 
        revised'' if there is a substantive change to the 
        definition of the test or procedure to which the code 
        applies (such as a new analyte or a new methodology for 
        measuring an existing analyte-specific test).
  (9) Notwithstanding any other provision in this part, in the 
case of any diagnostic laboratory test for HbA1c that is 
labeled by the Food and Drug Administration for home use and is 
furnished on or after April 1, 2008, the payment rate for such 
test shall be the payment rate established under this part for 
a glycated hemoglobin test (identified as of October 1, 2007, 
by HCPCS code 83036 (and any succeeding codes)).
  (i)(1) The Secretary shall, in consultation with appropriate 
medical organizations--
          (A) specify those surgical procedures which are 
        appropriately (when considered in terms of the proper 
        utilization of hospital inpatient facilities) performed 
        on an inpatient basis in a hospital but which also can 
        be performed safely on an ambulatory basis in an 
        ambulatory surgical center (meeting the standards 
        specified under section 1832(a)(2)(F)(i)), critical 
        access hospital, or hospital outpatient department, and
          (B) specify those surgical procedures which are 
        appropriately (when considered in terms of the proper 
        utilization of hospital inpatient facilities) performed 
        on an inpatient basis in a hospital but which also can 
        be performed safely on an ambulatory basis in a 
        physician's office.
The lists of procedures established under subparagraphs (A) and 
(B) shall be reviewed and updated not less often than every 2 
years, in consultation with appropriate trade and professional 
organizations.
  (2)(A) For services furnished prior to the implementation of 
the system described in subparagraph (D), subject to 
subparagraph (E), the amount of payment to be made for facility 
services furnished in connection with a surgical procedure 
specified pursuant to paragraph (1)(A) and furnished to an 
individual in an ambulatory surgical center described in such 
paragraph shall be equal to 80 percent of a standard overhead 
amount established by the Secretary (with respect to each such 
procedure) on the basis of the Secretary's estimate of a fair 
fee which--
          (i) takes into account the costs incurred by such 
        centers, or classes of centers, generally in providing 
        services furnished in connection with the performance 
        of such procedure, as determined in accordance with a 
        survey (based upon a representative sample of 
        procedures and facilities) of the actual audited costs 
        incurred by such centers in providing such services,
          (ii) takes such costs into account in such a manner 
        as will assure that the performance of the procedure in 
        such a center will result in substantially less amounts 
        paid under this title than would have been paid if the 
        procedure had been performed on an inpatient basis in a 
        hospital, and
          (iii) in the case of insertion of an intraocular lens 
        during or subsequent to cataract surgery includes 
        payment which is reasonable and related to the cost of 
        acquiring the class of lens involved.
Each amount so established shall be reviewed and updated not 
later than July 1, 1987, and annually thereafter to take 
account of varying conditions in different areas.
  (B) The amount of payment to be made under this part for 
facility services furnished, in connection with a surgical 
procedure specified pursuant to paragraph (1)(B), in a 
physician's office shall be equal to 80 percent of a standard 
overhead amount established by the Secretary (with respect to 
each such procedure) on the basis of the Secretary's estimate 
of a fair fee which--
          (i) takes into account additional costs, not usually 
        included in the professional fee, incurred by 
        physicians in securing, maintaining, and staffing the 
        facilities and ancillary services appropriate for the 
        performance of such procedure in the physician's 
        office, and
          (ii) takes such items into account in such a manner 
        which will assure that the performance of such 
        procedure in the physician's office will result in 
        substantially less amounts paid under this title than 
        would have been paid if the services had been furnished 
        on an inpatient basis in a hospital.
Each amount so established shall be reviewed and updated not 
later than July 1, 1987, and annually thereafter to take 
account of varying conditions in different areas.
  (C)(i) Notwithstanding the second sentence of each of 
subparagraphs (A) and (B), except as otherwise specified in 
clauses (ii), (iii), and (iv), if the Secretary has not updated 
amounts established under such subparagraphs or under 
subparagraph (D), with respect to facility services furnished 
during a fiscal year (beginning with fiscal year 1986 or a 
calendar year (beginning with 2006)), such amounts shall be 
increased by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price 
Index for all urban consumers (U.S. city average) as estimated 
by the Secretary for the 12-month period ending with the 
midpoint of the year involved.
  (ii) In each of the fiscal years 1998 through 2002, the 
increase under this subparagraph shall be reduced (but not 
below zero) by 2.0 percentage points.
  (iii) In fiscal year 2004, beginning with April 1, 2004, the 
increase under this subparagraph shall be the Consumer Price 
Index for all urban consumers (U.S. city average) as estimated 
by the Secretary for the 12-month period ending with March 31, 
2003, minus 3.0 percentage points.
  (iv) In fiscal year 2005, the last quarter of calendar year 
2005, and each of calendar years 2006 through 2009, the 
increase under this subparagraph shall be 0 percent.
  (D)(i) Taking into account the recommendations in the report 
under section 626(d) of Medicare Prescription Drug, 
Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, the Secretary shall 
implement a revised payment system for payment of surgical 
services furnished in ambulatory surgical centers.
  (ii) In the year the system described in clause (i) is 
implemented, such system shall be designed to result in the 
same aggregate amount of expenditures for such services as 
would be made if this subparagraph did not apply, as estimated 
by the Secretary and taking into account reduced expenditures 
that would apply if subparagraph (E) were to continue to apply, 
as estimated by the Secretary.
  (iii) The Secretary shall implement the system described in 
clause (i) for periods in a manner so that it is first 
effective beginning on or after January 1, 2006, and not later 
than January 1, 2008.
  (iv) The Secretary may implement such system in a manner so 
as to provide for a reduction in any annual update for failure 
to report on quality measures in accordance with paragraph (7).
          (v) In implementing the system described in clause 
        (i) for 2011 and each subsequent year, any annual 
        update under such system for the year, after 
        application of clause (iv), shall be reduced by the 
        productivity adjustment described in section 
        1886(b)(3)(B)(xi)(II). The application of the preceding 
        sentence may result in such update being less than 0.0 
        for a year, and may result in payment rates under the 
        system described in clause (i) for a year being less 
        than such payment rates for the preceding year.
  (vi) There shall be no administrative or judicial review 
under section 1869, 1878, or otherwise, of the classification 
system, the relative weights, payment amounts, and the 
geographic adjustment factor, if any, under this subparagraph.
  (E) With respect to surgical procedures furnished on or after 
January 1, 2007, and before the effective date of the 
implementation of a revised payment system under subparagraph 
(D), if--
          (i) the standard overhead amount under subparagraph 
        (A) for a facility service for such procedure, without 
        the application of any geographic adjustment, exceeds
          (ii) the Medicare OPD fee schedule amount established 
        under the prospective payment system for hospital 
        outpatient department services under paragraph (3)(D) 
        of section 1833(t) for such service for such year, 
        determined without regard to geographic adjustment 
        under paragraph (2)(D) of such section,
the Secretary shall substitute under subparagraph (A) the 
amount described in clause (ii) for the standard overhead 
amount for such service referred to in clause (i).
          (F)(i) With respect to a targeted procedure (as 
        defined in clause (ii)) furnished during 2020 or a 
        subsequent year (before 2025) to an individual in an 
        ambulatory surgical center, the payment amount for such 
        procedure that would otherwise be determined under the 
        revised payment system under subparagraph (D), without 
        application of this subparagraph, shall be equal to the 
        payment amount for such procedure furnished in 2016.
          (ii) For purposes of clause (i), the term ``targeted 
        procedure'' means a procedure to which Healthcare 
        Common Procedure Coding System 62310 (or, for years 
        beginning after 2016, 62321), 62311 (or, for years 
        beginning after 2016, 62323), 62264, 64490, 64493, or 
        G0260 (or any successor code) applies.
          (iii) This subparagraph shall not be applied in a 
        budget-neutral manner.
  (3)(A) The aggregate amount of the payments to be made under 
this part for outpatient hospital facility services or critical 
access hospital services furnished before January 1, 1999, in 
connection with surgical procedures specified under paragraph 
(1)(A) shall be equal to the lesser of--
          (i) the amount determined with respect to such 
        services under subsection (a)(2)(B); or
          (ii) the blend amount (described in subparagraph 
        (B)).
  (B)(i) The blend amount for a cost reporting period is the 
sum of--
          (I) the cost proportion (as defined in clause 
        (ii)(I)) of the amount described in subparagraph 
        (A)(i), and
          (II) the ASC proportion (as defined in clause 
        (ii)(II)) of the standard overhead amount payable with 
        respect to the same surgical procedure as if it were 
        provided in an ambulatory surgical center in the same 
        area, as determined under paragraph (2)(A), less the 
        amount a provider may charge as described in clause 
        (ii) of section 1866(a)(2)(A).
  (ii) Subject to paragraph (4), in this paragraph:
          (I) The term ``cost proportion'' means 75 percent for 
        cost reporting periods beginning in fiscal year 1988, 
        50 percent for portions of cost reporting periods 
        beginning on or after October 1, 1988, and ending on or 
        before December 31, 1990, and 42 percent for portions 
        of cost reporting periods beginning on or after January 
        1, 1991.
          (II) The term ``ASC proportion'' means 25 percent for 
        cost reporting periods beginning in fiscal year 1988, 
        50 percent for portions of cost reporting periods 
        beginning on or after October 1, 1988, and ending on or 
        before December 31, 1990, and 58 percent for portions 
        of cost reporting periods beginning on or after January 
        1, 1991.
  (4)(A) In the case of a hospital that--
          (i) makes application to the Secretary and 
        demonstrates that it specializes in eye services or eye 
        and ear services (as determined by the Secretary),
          (ii) receives more than 30 percent of its total 
        revenues from outpatient services, and
          (iii) on October 1, 1987--
                  (I) was an eye specialty hospital or an eye 
                and ear specialty hospital, or
                  (II) was operated as an eye or eye and ear 
                unit (as defined in subparagraph (B)) of a 
                general acute care hospital which, on the date 
                of the application described in clause (i), 
                operates less than 20 percent of the beds that 
                the hospital operated on October 1, 1987, and 
                has sold or otherwise disposed of a substantial 
                portion of the hospital's other acute care 
                operations,
the cost proportion and ASC proportion in effect under 
subclauses (I) and (II) of paragraph (3)(B)(ii) for cost 
reporting periods beginning in fiscal year 1988 shall remain in 
effect for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 
1, 1988, and before January 1, 1995.
  (B) For purposes of this subparagraph (A)(iii)(II), the term 
``eye or eye and ear unit'' means a physically separate or 
distinct unit containing separate surgical suites devoted 
solely to eye or eye and ear services.
  (5)(A) The Secretary is authorized to provide by regulations 
that in the case of a surgical procedure, specified by the 
Secretary pursuant to paragraph (1)(A), performed in an 
ambulatory surgical center described in such paragraph, there 
shall be paid (in lieu of any amounts otherwise payable under 
this part) with respect to the facility services furnished by 
such center and with respect to all related services (including 
physicians' services, laboratory, X-ray, and diagnostic 
services) a single all-inclusive fee established pursuant to 
subparagraph (B), if all parties furnishing all such services 
agree to accept such fee (to be divided among the parties 
involved in such manner as they shall have previously agreed 
upon) as full payment for the services furnished.
  (B) In implementing this paragraph, the Secretary shall 
establish with respect to each surgical procedure specified 
pursuant to paragraph (1)(A) the amount of the all-inclusive 
fee for such procedure, taking into account such factors as may 
be appropriate. The amount so established with respect to any 
surgical procedure shall be reviewed periodically and may be 
adjusted by the Secretary, when appropriate, to take account of 
varying conditions in different areas.
  (6) Any person, including a facility having an agreement 
under section 1832(a)(2)(F)(i), who knowingly and willfully 
presents, or causes to be presented, a bill or request for 
payment, for an intraocular lens inserted during or subsequent 
to cataract surgery for which payment may be made under 
paragraph (2)(A)(iii), is subject to a civil money penalty of 
not to exceed $2,000. The provisions of section 1128A (other 
than subsections (a) and (b)) shall apply to a civil money 
penalty under the previous sentence in the same manner as such 
provisions apply to a penalty or proceeding under section 
1128A(a).
  (7)(A) For purposes of paragraph (2)(D)(iv), the Secretary 
may provide, in the case of an ambulatory surgical center that 
does not submit, to the Secretary in accordance with this 
paragraph, data required to be submitted on measures selected 
under this paragraph with respect to a year, any annual 
increase provided under the system established under paragraph 
(2)(D) for such year shall be reduced by 2.0 percentage points. 
A reduction under this subparagraph shall apply only with 
respect to the year involved and the Secretary shall not take 
into account such reduction in computing any annual increase 
factor for a subsequent year.
  (B) Except as the Secretary may otherwise provide, the 
provisions of subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), and (E) of paragraph 
(17) of section 1833(t) shall apply with respect to services of 
ambulatory surgical centers under this paragraph in a similar 
manner to the manner in which they apply under such paragraph 
and, for purposes of this subparagraph, any reference to a 
hospital, outpatient setting, or outpatient hospital services 
is deemed a reference to an ambulatory surgical center, the 
setting of such a center, or services of such a center, 
respectively.
  (j) Whenever a final determination is made that the amount of 
payment made under this part either to a provider of services 
or to another person pursuant to an assignment under section 
1842(b)(3)(B)(ii) was in excess of or less than the amount of 
payment that is due, and payment of such excess or deficit is 
not made (or effected by offset) within 30 days of the date of 
the determination, interest shall accrue on the balance of such 
excess or deficit not paid or offset (to the extent that the 
balance is owed by or owing to the provider) at a rate 
determined in accordance with the regulations of the Secretary 
of the Treasury applicable to charges for late payments.
  (k) With respect to services described in section 
1861(s)(10)(B), the Secretary may provide, instead of the 
amount of payment otherwise provided under this part, for 
payment of such an amount or amounts as reasonably reflects the 
general cost of efficiently providing such services.
  (l)(1)(A) The Secretary shall establish a fee schedule for 
services of certified registered nurse anesthetists under 
section 1861(s)(11).
  (B) In establishing the fee schedule under this paragraph the 
Secretary may utilize a system of time units, a system of base 
and time units, or any appropriate methodology.
  (C) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to 
certain services furnished in certain hospitals in rural areas 
under the provisions of section 9320(k) of the Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1986, as amended by section 6132 of the 
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989.
  (2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), the fee schedule 
established under paragraph (1) shall be initially based on 
audited data from cost reporting periods ending in fiscal year 
1985 and such other data as the Secretary determines necessary.
  (3)(A) In establishing the initial fee schedule for those 
services, the Secretary shall adjust the fee schedule to the 
extent necessary to ensure that the estimated total amount 
which will be paid under this title for those services plus 
applicable coinsurance in 1989 will equal the estimated total 
amount which would be paid under this title for those services 
in 1989 if the services were included as inpatient hospital 
services and payment for such services was made under part A in 
the same manner as payment was made in fiscal year 1987, 
adjusted to take into account changes in prices and technology 
relating to the administration of anesthesia.
  (B) The Secretary shall also reduce the prevailing charge of 
physicians for medical direction of a certified registered 
nurse anesthetist, or the fee schedule for services of 
certified registered nurse anesthetists, or both, to the extent 
necessary to ensure that the estimated total amount which will 
be paid under this title plus applicable coinsurance for such 
medical direction and such services in 1989 and 1990 will not 
exceed the estimated total amount which would have been paid 
plus applicable coinsurance but for the enactment of the 
amendments made by section 9320 of the Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1986. A reduced prevailing charge under 
this subparagraph shall become the prevailing charge but for 
subsequent years for purposes of applying the economic index 
under the fourth sentence of section 1842(b)(3).
  (4)(A) Except as provided in subparagraphs (C) and (D), in 
determining the amount paid under the fee schedule under this 
subsection for services furnished on or after January 1, 1991, 
by a certified registered nurse anesthetist who is not 
medically directed--
          (i) the conversion factor shall be--
                  (I) for services furnished in 1991, $15.50,
                  (II) for services furnished in 1992, $15.75,
                  (III) for services furnished in 1993, $16.00,
                  (IV) for services furnished in 1994, $16.25,
                  (V) for services furnished in 1995, $16.50,
                  (VI) for services furnished in 1996, $16.75, 
                and
                  (VII) for services furnished in calendar 
                years after 1996, the previous year's 
                conversion factor increased by the update 
                determined under section 1848(d) for physician 
                anesthesia services for that year;
          (ii) the payment areas to be used shall be the fee 
        schedule areas used under section 1848 (or, in the case 
        of services furnished during 1991, the localities used 
        under section 1842(b)) for purposes of computing 
        payments for physicians' services that are anesthesia 
        services;
          (iii) the geographic adjustment factors to be applied 
        to the conversion factor under clause (i) for services 
        in a fee schedule area or locality is--
                  (I) in the case of services furnished in 
                1991, the geographic work index value and the 
                geographic practice cost index value specified 
                in section 1842(q)(1)(B) for physicians' 
                services that are anesthesia services furnished 
                in the area or locality, and
                  (II) in the case of services furnished after 
                1991, the geographic work index value, the 
                geographic practice cost index value, and the 
                geographic malpractice index value used for 
                determining payments for physicians' services 
                that are anesthesia services under section 
                1848,
        with 70 percent of the conversion factor treated as 
        attributable to work and 30 percent as attributable to 
        overhead for services furnished in 1991 (and the 
        portions attributable to work, practice expenses, and 
        malpractice expenses in 1992 and thereafter being the 
        same as is applied under section 1848).
  (B)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii) and subparagraph 
(D), in determining the amount paid under the fee schedule 
under this subsection for services furnished on or after 
January 1, 1991, and before January 1, 1994, by a certified 
registered nurse anesthetist who is medically directed, the 
Secretary shall apply the same methodology specified in 
subparagraph (A).
  (ii) The conversion factor used under clause (i) shall be--
          (I) for services furnished in 1991, $10.50,
          (II) for services furnished in 1992, $10.75, and
          (III) for services furnished in 1993, $11.00.
  (iii) In the case of services of a certified registered nurse 
anesthetist who is medically directed or medically supervised 
by a physician which are furnished on or after January 1, 1994, 
the fee schedule amount shall be one-half of the amount 
described in section 1848(a)(5)(B) with respect to the 
physician.
  (C) Notwithstanding subclauses (I) through (V) of 
subparagraph (A)(i)--
          (i) in the case of a 1990 conversion factor that is 
        greater than $16.50, the conversion factor for a 
        calendar year after 1990 and before 1996 shall be the 
        1990 conversion factor reduced by the product of the 
        last digit of the calendar year and one-fifth of the 
        amount by which the 1990 conversion factor exceeds 
        $16.50; and
          (ii) in the case of a 1990 conversion factor that is 
        greater than $15.49 but less than $16.51, the 
        conversion factor for a calendar year after 1990 and 
        before 1996 shall be the greater of--
                  (I) the 1990 conversion factor, or
                  (II) the conversion factor specified in 
                subparagraph (A)(i) for the year involved.
  (D) Notwithstanding subparagraph (C), in no case may the 
conversion factor used to determine payment for services in a 
fee schedule area or locality under this subsection, as 
adjusted by the adjustment factors specified in subparagraphs 
(A)(iii), exceed the conversion factor used to determine the 
amount paid for physicians' services that are anesthesia 
services in the area or locality.
  (5)(A) Payment for the services of a certified registered 
nurse anesthetist (for which payment may otherwise be made 
under this part) may be made on the basis of a claim or request 
for payment presented by the certified registered nurse 
anesthetist furnishing such services, or by a hospital, 
critical access hospital, physician, group practice, or 
ambulatory surgical center with which the certified registered 
nurse anesthetist furnishing such services has an employment or 
contractual relationship that provides for payment to be made 
under this part for such services to such hospital, critical 
access hospital, physician, group practice, or ambulatory 
surgical center.
  (B) No hospital or critical access hospital that presents a 
claim or request for payment for services of a certified nurse 
anesthetist under this part may treat any uncollected 
coinsurance amount imposed under this part with respect to such 
services as a bad debt of such hospital or critical access 
hospital for purposes of this title.
  (6) If an adjustment under paragraph (3)(B) results in a 
reduction in the reasonable charge for a physicians' service 
and a nonparticipating physician furnishes the service to an 
individual entitled to benefits under this part after the 
effective date of the reduction, the physician's actual charge 
is subject to a limit under section 1842(j)(1)(D).
  (m)(1) In the case of physicians' services furnished in a 
year to an individual, who is covered under the insurance 
program established by this part and who incurs expenses for 
such services, in an area that is designated (under section 
332(a)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act) as a health 
professional shortage area as identified by the Secretary prior 
to the beginning of such year, in addition to the amount 
otherwise paid under this part, there also shall be paid to the 
physician (or to an employer or facility in the cases described 
in clause (A) of section 1842(b)(6)) (on a monthly or quarterly 
basis) from the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust 
Fund an amount equal to 10 percent of the payment amount for 
the service under this part.
  (2) For each health professional shortage area identified in 
paragraph (1) that consists of an entire county, the Secretary 
shall provide for the additional payment under paragraph (1) 
without any requirement on the physician to identify the health 
professional shortage area involved. The Secretary may 
implement the previous sentence using the method specified in 
subsection (u)(4)(C).
  (3) The Secretary shall post on the Internet website of the 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a list of the health 
professional shortage areas identified in paragraph (1) that 
consist of a partial county to facilitate the additional 
payment under paragraph (1) in such areas.
  (4) There shall be no administrative or judicial review under 
section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise, respecting--
          (A) the identification of a county or area;
          (B) the assignment of a specialty of any physician 
        under this paragraph;
          (C) the assignment of a physician to a county under 
        this subsection; or
          (D) the assignment of a postal ZIP Code to a county 
        or other area under this subsection.
  (n)(1)(A) The aggregate amount of the payments to be made for 
all or part of a cost reporting period for services described 
in subsection (a)(2)(E)(i) furnished under this part on or 
after October 1, 1988, and before January 1, 1999, and for 
services described in subsection (a)(2)(E)(ii) furnished under 
this part on or after October 1, 1989, and before January 1, 
1999, shall be equal to the lesser of--
          (i) the amount determined with respect to such 
        services under subsection (a)(2)(B), or
          (ii) the blend amount for radiology services and 
        diagnostic procedures determined in accordance with 
        subparagraph (B).
  (B)(i) The blend amount for radiology services and diagnostic 
procedures for a cost reporting period is the sum of--
          (I) the cost proportion (as defined in clause (ii)) 
        of the amount described in subparagraph (A)(i); and
          (II) the charge proportion (as defined in clause 
        (ii)(II)) of 62 percent (for services described in 
        subsection (a)(2)(E)(i)), or (for procedures described 
        in subsection (a)(2)(E)(ii)), 42 percent or such other 
        percent established by the Secretary (or carriers 
        acting pursuant to guidelines issued by the Secretary) 
        based on prevailing charges established with actual 
        charge data, of the prevailing charge or (for services 
        described in subsection (a)(2)(E)(i) furnished on or 
        after January 1, 1989) the fee schedule amount 
        established for participating physicians for the same 
        services as if they were furnished in a physician's 
        office in the same locality as determined under section 
        1842(b), less the amount a provider may charge as 
        described in clause (ii) of section 1866(a)(2)(A).
  (ii) In this subparagraph:
          (I) The term ``cost proportion'' means 50 percent, 
        except that such term means 65 percent in the case of 
        outpatient radiology services for portions of cost 
        reporting periods which occur in fiscal year 1989 and 
        in the case of diagnostic procedures described in 
        subsection (a)(2)(E)(ii) for portions of cost reporting 
        periods which occur in fiscal year 1990, and such term 
        means 42 percent in the case of outpatient radiology 
        services for portions of cost reporting periods 
        beginning on or after January 1, 1991.
          (II) The term ``charge proportion'' means 100 percent 
        minus the cost proportion.
  (o)(1) In the case of shoes described in section 
1861(s)(12)--
          (A) no payment may be made under this part, with 
        respect to any individual for any year, for the 
        furnishing of--
                  (i) more than one pair of custom molded shoes 
                (including inserts provided with such shoes) 
                and 2 additional pairs of inserts for such 
                shoes, or
                  (ii) more than one pair of extra-depth shoes 
                (not including inserts provided with such 
                shoes) and 3 pairs of inserts for such shoes, 
                and
          (B) with respect to expenses incurred in any calendar 
        year, no more than the amount of payment applicable 
        under paragraph (2) shall be considered as incurred 
        expenses for purposes of subsections (a) and (b).
Payment for shoes (or inserts) under this part shall be 
considered to include payment for any expenses for the fitting 
of such shoes (or inserts).
  (2)(A) Except as provided by the Secretary under 
subparagraphs (B) and (C), the amount of payment under this 
paragraph for custom molded shoes, extra-depth shoes, and 
inserts shall be the amount determined for such items by the 
Secretary under section 1834(h).
  (B) The Secretary may establish payment amounts for shoes and 
inserts that are lower than the amount established under 
section 1834(h) if the Secretary finds that shoes and inserts 
of an appropriate quality are readily available at or below the 
amount established under such section.
  (C) In accordance with procedures established by the 
Secretary, an individual entitled to benefits with respect to 
shoes described in section 1861(s)(12) may substitute 
modification of such shoes instead of obtaining one (or more, 
as specified by the Secretary) pair of inserts (other than the 
original pair of inserts with respect to such shoes). In such 
case, the Secretary shall substitute, for the payment amount 
established under section 1834(h), a payment amount that the 
Secretary estimates will assure that there is no net increase 
in expenditures under this subsection as a result of this 
subparagraph.
  (3) In this title, the term ``shoes'' includes, except for 
purposes of subparagraphs (A)(ii) and (B) of paragraph (2), 
inserts for extra-depth shoes.
  (q)(1) Each request for payment, or bill submitted, for an 
item or service furnished by an entity for which payment may be 
made under this part and for which the entity knows or has 
reason to believe there has been a referral by a referring 
physician (within the meaning of section 1877) shall include 
the name and unique physician identification number for the 
referring physician.
  (2)(A) In the case of a request for payment for an item or 
service furnished by an entity under this part on an 
assignment-related basis and for which information is required 
to be provided under paragraph (1) but not included, payment 
may be denied under this part.
  (B) In the case of a request for payment for an item or 
service furnished by an entity under this part not submitted on 
an assignment-related basis and for which information is 
required to be provided under paragraph (1) but not included--
          (i) if the entity knowingly and willfully fails to 
        provide such information promptly upon request of the 
        Secretary or a carrier, the entity may be subject to a 
        civil money penalty in an amount not to exceed $2,000, 
        and
          (ii) if the entity knowingly, willfully, and in 
        repeated cases fails, after being notified by the 
        Secretary of the obligations and requirements of this 
        subsection to provide the information required under 
        paragraph (1), the entity may be subject to exclusion 
        from participation in the programs under this Act for a 
        period not to exceed 5 years, in accordance with the 
        procedures of subsections (c), (f), and (g) of section 
        1128.
The provisions of section 1128A (other than subsections (a) and 
(b)) shall apply to civil money penalties under clause (i) in 
the same manner as they apply to a penalty or proceeding under 
section 1128A(a).
  (r)(1) With respect to services described in section 
1861(s)(2)(K)(ii) (relating to nurse practitioner or clinical 
nurse specialist services), payment may be made on the basis of 
a claim or request for payment presented by the nurse 
practitioner or clinical nurse specialist furnishing such 
services, or by a hospital, critical access hospital, skilled 
nursing facility or nursing facility (as defined in section 
1919(a)), physician, group practice, or ambulatory surgical 
center with which the nurse practitioner or clinical nurse 
specialist has an employment or contractual relationship that 
provides for payment to be made under this part for such 
services to such hospital, physician, group practice, or 
ambulatory surgical center.
  (2) No hospital or critical access hospital that presents a 
claim or request for payment under this part for services 
described in section 1861(s)(2)(K)(ii) may treat any 
uncollected coinsurance amount imposed under this part with 
respect to such services as a bad debt of such hospital for 
purposes of this title.
  (s) The Secretary may not provide for payment under 
subsection (a)(1)(A) with respect to an organization unless the 
organization provides assurances satisfactory to the Secretary 
that the organization meets the requirement of section 1866(f) 
(relating to maintaining written policies and procedures 
respecting advance directives).
  (t) Prospective Payment System for Hospital Outpatient 
Department Services.--
          (1) Amount of payment.--
                  (A) In general.--With respect to covered OPD 
                services (as defined in subparagraph (B)) 
                furnished during a year beginning with 1999, 
                the amount of payment under this part shall be 
                determined under a prospective payment system 
                established by the Secretary in accordance with 
                this subsection.
                  (B) Definition of covered opd services.--For 
                purposes of this subsection, the term ``covered 
                OPD services''--
                          (i) means hospital outpatient 
                        services designated by the Secretary;
                          (ii) subject to clause (iv), includes 
                        inpatient hospital services designated 
                        by the Secretary that are covered under 
                        this part and furnished to a hospital 
                        inpatient who (I) is entitled to 
                        benefits under part A but has exhausted 
                        benefits for inpatient hospital 
                        services during a spell of illness, or 
                        (II) is not so entitled;
                          (iii) includes implantable items 
                        described in paragraph (3), (6), or (8) 
                        of section 1861(s);
                          (iv) does not include any therapy 
                        services described in subsection (a)(8) 
                        or ambulance services, for which 
                        payment is made under a fee schedule 
                        described in section 1834(k) or section 
                        1834(l) and does not include screening 
                        mammography (as defined in section 
                        1861(jj)), diagnostic mammography, or 
                        personalized prevention plan services 
                        (as defined in section 1861(hhh)(1)); 
                        and
                          (v) does not include applicable items 
                        and services (as defined in 
                        subparagraph (A) of paragraph (21)) 
                        that are furnished on or after January 
                        1, 2017, by an off-campus outpatient 
                        department of a provider (as defined in 
                        subparagraph (B) of such paragraph).
          (2) System requirements.--Under the payment system--
                  (A) the Secretary shall develop a 
                classification system for covered OPD services;
                  (B) the Secretary may establish groups of 
                covered OPD services, within the classification 
                system described in subparagraph (A), so that 
                services classified within each group are 
                comparable clinically and with respect to the 
                use of resources and so that an implantable 
                item is classified to the group that includes 
                the service to which the item relates;
                  (C) the Secretary shall, using data on claims 
                from 1996 and using data from the most recent 
                available cost reports, establish relative 
                payment weights for covered OPD services (and 
                any groups of such services described in 
                subparagraph (B)) based on median (or, at the 
                election of the Secretary, mean) hospital costs 
                and shall determine projections of the 
                frequency of utilization of each such service 
                (or group of services) in 1999;
                  (D) subject to paragraph (19), the Secretary 
                shall determine a wage adjustment factor to 
                adjust the portion of payment and coinsurance 
                attributable to labor-related costs for 
                relative differences in labor and labor-related 
                costs across geographic regions in a budget 
                neutral manner;
                  (E) the Secretary shall establish, in a 
                budget neutral manner, outlier adjustments 
                under paragraph (5) and transitional pass-
                through payments under paragraph (6) and other 
                adjustments as determined to be necessary to 
                ensure equitable payments, such as adjustments 
                for certain classes of hospitals;
                  (F) the Secretary shall develop a method for 
                controlling unnecessary increases in the volume 
                of covered OPD services;
                  (G) the Secretary shall create additional 
                groups of covered OPD services that classify 
                separately those procedures that utilize 
                contrast agents from those that do not; and
                  (H) with respect to devices of brachytherapy 
                consisting of a seed or seeds (or radioactive 
                source), the Secretary shall create additional 
                groups of covered OPD services that classify 
                such devices separately from the other services 
                (or group of services) paid for under this 
                subsection in a manner reflecting the number, 
                isotope, and radioactive intensity of such 
                devices furnished, including separate groups 
                for palladium-103 and iodine-125 devices and 
                for stranded and non-stranded devices furnished 
                on or after July 1, 2007.
        For purposes of subparagraph (B), items and services 
        within a group shall not be treated as ``comparable 
        with respect to the use of resources'' if the highest 
        median cost (or mean cost, if elected by the Secretary 
        under subparagraph (C)) for an item or service within 
        the group is more than 2 times greater than the lowest 
        median cost (or mean cost, if so elected) for an item 
        or service within the group; except that the Secretary 
        may make exceptions in unusual cases, such as low 
        volume items and services, but may not make such an 
        exception in the case of a drug or biological that has 
        been designated as an orphan drug under section 526 of 
        the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
          (3) Calculation of base amounts.--
                  (A) Aggregate amounts that would be payable 
                if deductibles were disregarded.--The Secretary 
                shall estimate the sum of--
                          (i) the total amounts that would be 
                        payable from the Trust Fund under this 
                        part for covered OPD services in 1999, 
                        determined without regard to this 
                        subsection, as though the deductible 
                        under section 1833(b) did not apply, 
                        and
                          (ii) the total amounts of copayments 
                        estimated to be paid under this 
                        subsection by beneficiaries to 
                        hospitals for covered OPD services in 
                        1999, as though the deductible under 
                        section 1833(b) did not apply.
                  (B) Unadjusted copayment amount.--
                          (i) In general.--For purposes of this 
                        subsection, subject to clause (ii), the 
                        ``unadjusted copayment amount'' 
                        applicable to a covered OPD service (or 
                        group of such services) is 20 percent 
                        of the national median of the charges 
                        for the service (or services within the 
                        group) furnished during 1996, updated 
                        to 1999 using the Secretary's estimate 
                        of charge growth during the period.
                          (ii) Adjusted to be 20 percent when 
                        fully phased in.--If the pre-deductible 
                        payment percentage for a covered OPD 
                        service (or group of such services) 
                        furnished in a year would be equal to 
                        or exceed 80 percent, then the 
                        unadjusted copayment amount shall be 20 
                        percent of amount determined under 
                        subparagraph (D).
                          (iii) Rules for new services.--The 
                        Secretary shall establish rules for 
                        establishment of an unadjusted 
                        copayment amount for a covered OPD 
                        service not furnished during 1996, 
                        based upon its classification within a 
                        group of such services.
                  (C) Calculation of conversion factors.--
                          (i) For 1999.--
                                  (I) In general.--The 
                                Secretary shall establish a 
                                1999 conversion factor for 
                                determining the medicare OPD 
                                fee schedule amounts for each 
                                covered OPD service (or group 
                                of such services) furnished in 
                                1999. Such conversion factor 
                                shall be established on the 
                                basis of the weights and 
                                frequencies described in 
                                paragraph (2)(C) and in such a 
                                manner that the sum for all 
                                services and groups of the 
                                products (described in 
                                subclause (II) for each such 
                                service or group) equals the 
                                total projected amount 
                                described in subparagraph (A).
                                  (II) Product described.--The 
                                Secretary shall determine for 
                                each service or group the 
                                product of the medicare OPD fee 
                                schedule amounts (taking into 
                                account appropriate adjustments 
                                described in paragraphs (2)(D) 
                                and (2)(E)) and the estimated 
                                frequencies for such service or 
                                group.
                          (ii) Subsequent years.--Subject to 
                        paragraph (8)(B), the Secretary shall 
                        establish a conversion factor for 
                        covered OPD services furnished in 
                        subsequent years in an amount equal to 
                        the conversion factor established under 
                        this subparagraph and applicable to 
                        such services furnished in the previous 
                        year increased by the OPD fee schedule 
                        increase factor specified under clause 
                        (iv) for the year involved.
                          (iii) Adjustment for service mix 
                        changes.--Insofar as the Secretary 
                        determines that the adjustments for 
                        service mix under paragraph (2) for a 
                        previous year (or estimates that such 
                        adjustments for a future year) did (or 
                        are likely to) result in a change in 
                        aggregate payments under this 
                        subsection during the year that are a 
                        result of changes in the coding or 
                        classification of covered OPD services 
                        that do not reflect real changes in 
                        service mix, the Secretary may adjust 
                        the conversion factor computed under 
                        this subparagraph for subsequent years 
                        so as to eliminate the effect of such 
                        coding or classification changes.
                          (iv) OPD fee schedule increase 
                        factor.--For purposes of this 
                        subparagraph, subject to paragraph (17) 
                        and subparagraph (F) of this paragraph, 
                        the ``OPD fee schedule increase 
                        factor'' for services furnished in a 
                        year is equal to the market basket 
                        percentage increase applicable under 
                        section 1886(b)(3)(B)(iii) to hospital 
                        discharges occurring during the fiscal 
                        year ending in such year, reduced by 1 
                        percentage point for such factor for 
                        services furnished in each of 2000 and 
                        2002. In applying the previous sentence 
                        for years beginning with 2000, the 
                        Secretary may substitute for the market 
                        basket percentage increase an annual 
                        percentage increase that is computed 
                        and applied with respect to covered OPD 
                        services furnished in a year in the 
                        same manner as the market basket 
                        percentage increase is determined and 
                        applied to inpatient hospital services 
                        for discharges occurring in a fiscal 
                        year.
                  (D) Calculation of medicare opd fee schedule 
                amounts.--The Secretary shall compute a 
                medicare OPD fee schedule amount for each 
                covered OPD service (or group of such services) 
                furnished in a year, in an amount equal to the 
                product of--
                          (i) the conversion factor computed 
                        under subparagraph (C) for the year, 
                        and
                          (ii) the relative payment weight 
                        (determined under paragraph (2)(C)) for 
                        the service or group.
                  (E) Pre-deductible payment percentage.--The 
                pre-deductible payment percentage for a covered 
                OPD service (or group of such services) 
                furnished in a year is equal to the ratio of--
                          (i) the medicare OPD fee schedule 
                        amount established under subparagraph 
                        (D) for the year, minus the unadjusted 
                        copayment amount determined under 
                        subparagraph (B) for the service or 
                        group, to
                          (ii) the medicare OPD fee schedule 
                        amount determined under subparagraph 
                        (D) for the year for such service or 
                        group.
                  (F) Productivity and other adjustment.--After 
                determining the OPD fee schedule increase 
                factor under subparagraph (C)(iv), the 
                Secretary shall reduce such increase factor--
                          (i) for 2012 and subsequent years, by 
                        the productivity adjustment described 
                        in section 1886(b)(3)(B)(xi)(II); and
                          (ii) for each of 2010 through 2019, 
                        by the adjustment described in 
                        subparagraph (G).
                The application of this subparagraph may result 
                in the increase factor under subparagraph 
                (C)(iv) being less than 0.0 for a year, and may 
                result in payment rates under the payment 
                system under this subsection for a year being 
                less than such payment rates for the preceding 
                year.
                  (G) Other adjustment.--For purposes of 
                subparagraph (F)(ii), the adjustment described 
                in this subparagraph is--
                          (i) for each of 2010 and 2011, 0.25 
                        percentage point;
                          (ii) for each of 2012 and 2013, 0.1 
                        percentage point;
                          (iii) for 2014, 0.3 percentage point;
                          (iv) for each of 2015 and 2016, 0.2 
                        percentage point; and
                          (v) for each of 2017, 2018, and 2019, 
                        0.75 percentage point.
          (4) Medicare payment amount.--The amount of payment 
        made from the Trust Fund under this part for a covered 
        OPD service (and such services classified within a 
        group) furnished in a year is determined, subject to 
        paragraph (7), as follows:
                  (A) Fee schedule adjustments.--The medicare 
                OPD fee schedule amount (computed under 
                paragraph (3)(D)) for the service or group and 
                year is adjusted for relative differences in 
                the cost of labor and other factors determined 
                by the Secretary, as computed under paragraphs 
                (2)(D) and (2)(E).
                  (B) Subtract applicable deductible.--Reduce 
                the adjusted amount determined under 
                subparagraph (A) by the amount of the 
                deductible under section 1833(b), to the extent 
                applicable.
                  (C) Apply payment proportion to remainder.--
                The amount of payment is the amount so 
                determined under subparagraph (B) multiplied by 
                the pre-deductible payment percentage (as 
                determined under paragraph (3)(E)) for the 
                service or group and year involved, plus the 
                amount of any reduction in the copayment amount 
                attributable to paragraph (8)(C).
          (5) Outlier adjustment.--
                  (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (D), 
                the Secretary shall provide for an additional 
                payment for each covered OPD service (or group 
                of services) for which a hospital's charges, 
                adjusted to cost, exceed--
                          (i) a fixed multiple of the sum of--
                                  (I) the applicable medicare 
                                OPD fee schedule amount 
                                determined under paragraph 
                                (3)(D), as adjusted under 
                                paragraph (4)(A) (other than 
                                for adjustments under this 
                                paragraph or paragraph (6)); 
                                and
                                  (II) any transitional pass-
                                through payment under paragraph 
                                (6); and
                          (ii) at the option of the Secretary, 
                        such fixed dollar amount as the 
                        Secretary may establish.
                  (B) Amount of adjustment.--The amount of the 
                additional payment under subparagraph (A) shall 
                be determined by the Secretary and shall 
                approximate the marginal cost of care beyond 
                the applicable cutoff point under such 
                subparagraph.
                  (C) Limit on aggregate outlier adjustments.--
                          (i) In general.--The total of the 
                        additional payments made under this 
                        paragraph for covered OPD services 
                        furnished in a year (as estimated by 
                        the Secretary before the beginning of 
                        the year) may not exceed the applicable 
                        percentage (specified in clause (ii)) 
                        of the total program payments estimated 
                        to be made under this subsection for 
                        all covered OPD services furnished in 
                        that year. If this paragraph is first 
                        applied to less than a full year, the 
                        previous sentence shall apply only to 
                        the portion of such year.
                          (ii) Applicable percentage.--For 
                        purposes of clause (i), the term 
                        ``applicable percentage'' means a 
                        percentage specified by the Secretary 
                        up to (but not to exceed)--
                                  (I) for a year (or portion of 
                                a year) before 2004, 2.5 
                                percent; and
                                  (II) for 2004 and thereafter, 
                                3.0 percent.
                  (D) Transitional authority.--In applying 
                subparagraph (A) for covered OPD services 
                furnished before January 1, 2002, the Secretary 
                may--
                          (i) apply such subparagraph to a bill 
                        for such services related to an 
                        outpatient encounter (rather than for a 
                        specific service or group of services) 
                        using OPD fee schedule amounts and 
                        transitional pass-through payments 
                        covered under the bill; and
                          (ii) use an appropriate cost-to-
                        charge ratio for the hospital involved 
                        (as determined by the Secretary), 
                        rather than for specific departments 
                        within the hospital.
                  (E) Exclusion of separate drug and biological 
                apcs from outlier payments.--No additional 
                payment shall be made under subparagraph (A) in 
                the case of ambulatory payment classification 
                groups established separately for drugs or 
                biologicals.
          (6) Transitional pass-through for additional costs of 
        innovative medical devices, drugs, and biologicals.--
                  (A) In general.--The Secretary shall provide 
                for an additional payment under this paragraph 
                for any of the following that are provided as 
                part of a covered OPD service (or group of 
                services):
                          (i) Current orphan drugs.--A drug or 
                        biological that is used for a rare 
                        disease or condition with respect to 
                        which the drug or biological has been 
                        designated as an orphan drug under 
                        section 526 of the Federal Food, Drug 
                        and Cosmetic Act if payment for the 
                        drug or biological as an outpatient 
                        hospital service under this part was 
                        being made on the first date that the 
                        system under this subsection is 
                        implemented.
                          (ii) Current cancer therapy drugs and 
                        biologicals and brachytherapy.--A drug 
                        or biological that is used in cancer 
                        therapy, including (but not limited to) 
                        a chemotherapeutic agent, an 
                        antiemetic, a hematopoietic growth 
                        factor, a colony stimulating factor, a 
                        biological response modifier, a 
                        bisphosphonate, and a device of 
                        brachytherapy or temperature monitored 
                        cryoablation, if payment for such drug, 
                        biological, or device as an outpatient 
                        hospital service under this part was 
                        being made on such first date.
                          (iii) Current radiopharmaceutical 
                        drugs and biological products.--A 
                        radiopharmaceutical drug or biological 
                        product used in diagnostic, monitoring, 
                        and therapeutic nuclear medicine 
                        procedures if payment for the drug or 
                        biological as an outpatient hospital 
                        service under this part was being made 
                        on such first date.
                          (iv) New medical devices, drugs, and 
                        biologicals.--A medical device, drug, 
                        or biological not described in clause 
                        (i), (ii), or (iii) if--
                                  (I) payment for the device, 
                                drug, or biological as an 
                                outpatient hospital service 
                                under this part was not being 
                                made as of December 31, 1996; 
                                and
                                  (II) the cost of the drug or 
                                biological or the average cost 
                                of the category of devices is 
                                not insignificant in relation 
                                to the OPD fee schedule amount 
                                (as calculated under paragraph 
                                (3)(D)) payable for the service 
                                (or group of services) 
                                involved.
                  (B) Use of categories in determining 
                eligibility of a device for pass-through 
                payments.--The following provisions apply for 
                purposes of determining whether a medical 
                device qualifies for additional payments under 
                clause (ii) or (iv) of subparagraph (A):
                          (i) Establishment of initial 
                        categories.--
                                  (I) In general.--The 
                                Secretary shall initially 
                                establish under this clause 
                                categories of medical devices 
                                based on type of device by 
                                April 1, 2001. Such categories 
                                shall be established in a 
                                manner such that each medical 
                                device that meets the 
                                requirements of clause (ii) or 
                                (iv) of subparagraph (A) as of 
                                January 1, 2001, is included in 
                                such a category and no such 
                                device is included in more than 
                                one category. For purposes of 
                                the preceding sentence, whether 
                                a medical device meets such 
                                requirements as of such date 
                                shall be determined on the 
                                basis of the program memoranda 
                                issued before such date.
                                  (II) Authorization of 
                                implementation other than 
                                through regulations.--The 
                                categories may be established 
                                under this clause by program 
                                memorandum or otherwise, after 
                                consultation with groups 
                                representing hospitals, 
                                manufacturers of medical 
                                devices, and other affected 
                                parties.
                          (ii) Establishing criteria for 
                        additional categories.--
                                  (I) In general.--The 
                                Secretary shall establish 
                                criteria that will be used for 
                                creation of additional 
                                categories (other than those 
                                established under clause (i)) 
                                through rulemaking (which may 
                                include use of an interim final 
                                rule with comment period).
                                  (II) Standard.--Such 
                                categories shall be established 
                                under this clause in a manner 
                                such that no medical device is 
                                described by more than one 
                                category. Such criteria shall 
                                include a test of whether the 
                                average cost of devices that 
                                would be included in a category 
                                and are in use at the time the 
                                category is established is not 
                                insignificant, as described in 
                                subparagraph (A)(iv)(II).
                                  (III) Deadline.--Criteria 
                                shall first be established 
                                under this clause by July 1, 
                                2001. The Secretary may 
                                establish in compelling 
                                circumstances categories under 
                                this clause before the date 
                                such criteria are established.
                                  (IV) Adding categories.--The 
                                Secretary shall promptly 
                                establish a new category of 
                                medical devices under this 
                                clause for any medical device 
                                that meets the requirements of 
                                subparagraph (A)(iv) and for 
                                which none of the categories in 
                                effect (or that were previously 
                                in effect) is appropriate.
                          (iii) Period for which category is in 
                        effect.--A category of medical devices 
                        established under clause (i) or (ii) 
                        shall be in effect for a period of at 
                        least 2 years, but not more than 3 
                        years, that begins--
                                  (I) in the case of a category 
                                established under clause (i), 
                                on the first date on which 
                                payment was made under this 
                                paragraph for any device 
                                described by such category 
                                (including payments made during 
                                the period before April 1, 
                                2001); and
                                  (II) in the case of any other 
                                category, on the first date on 
                                which payment is made under 
                                this paragraph for any medical 
                                device that is described by 
                                such category.
                          (iv) Requirements treated as met.--A 
                        medical device shall be treated as 
                        meeting the requirements of 
                        subparagraph (A)(iv), regardless of 
                        whether the device meets the 
                        requirement of subclause (I) of such 
                        subparagraph, if--
                                  (I) the device is described 
                                by a category established and 
                                in effect under clause (i); or
                                  (II) the device is described 
                                by a category established and 
                                in effect under clause (ii) and 
                                an application under section 
                                515 of the Federal Food, Drug, 
                                and Cosmetic Act has been 
                                approved with respect to the 
                                device, or the device has been 
                                cleared for market under 
                                section 510(k) of such Act, or 
                                the device is exempt from the 
                                requirements of section 510(k) 
                                of such Act pursuant to 
                                subsection (l) or (m) of 
                                section 510 of such Act or 
                                section 520(g) of such Act.
                        Nothing in this clause shall be 
                        construed as requiring an application 
                        or prior approval (other than that 
                        described in subclause (II)) in order 
                        for a covered device described by a 
                        category to qualify for payment under 
                        this paragraph.
                  (C) Limited period of payment.--
                          (i) Drugs and biologicals.--Subject 
                        to subparagraph (G), the payment under 
                        this paragraph with respect to a drug 
                        or biological shall only apply during a 
                        period of at least 2 years, but not 
                        more than 3 years, that begins--
                                  (I) on the first date this 
                                subsection is implemented in 
                                the case of a drug or 
                                biological described in clause 
                                (i), (ii), or (iii) of 
                                subparagraph (A) and in the 
                                case of a drug or biological 
                                described in subparagraph 
                                (A)(iv) and for which payment 
                                under this part is made as an 
                                outpatient hospital service 
                                before such first date; or
                                  (II) in the case of a drug or 
                                biological described in 
                                subparagraph (A)(iv) not 
                                described in subclause (I), on 
                                the first date on which payment 
                                is made under this part for the 
                                drug or biological as an 
                                outpatient hospital service.
                          (ii) Medical devices.--Payment shall 
                        be made under this paragraph with 
                        respect to a medical device only if 
                        such device--
                                  (I) is described by a 
                                category of medical devices 
                                established and in effect under 
                                subparagraph (B); and
                                  (II) is provided as part of a 
                                service (or group of services) 
                                paid for under this subsection 
                                and provided during the period 
                                for which such category is in 
                                effect under such subparagraph.
                  (D) Amount of additional payment.--Subject to 
                subparagraph (E)(iii), the amount of the 
                payment under this paragraph with respect to a 
                device, drug, or biological provided as part of 
                a covered OPD service is--
                          (i) subject to subparagraph (H), in 
                        the case of a drug or biological, the 
                        amount by which the amount determined 
                        under section 1842(o) (or if the drug 
                        or biological is covered under a 
                        competitive acquisition contract under 
                        section 1847B, an amount determined by 
                        the Secretary equal to the average 
                        price for the drug or biological for 
                        all competitive acquisition areas and 
                        year established under such section as 
                        calculated and adjusted by the 
                        Secretary for purposes of this 
                        paragraph) for the drug or biological 
                        exceeds the portion of the otherwise 
                        applicable medicare OPD fee schedule 
                        that the Secretary determines is 
                        associated with the drug or biological; 
                        or
                          (ii) in the case of a medical device, 
                        the amount by which the hospital's 
                        charges for the device, adjusted to 
                        cost, exceeds the portion of the 
                        otherwise applicable medicare OPD fee 
                        schedule that the Secretary determines 
                        is associated with the device.
                  (E) Limit on aggregate annual adjustment.--
                          (i) In general.--The total of the 
                        additional payments made under this 
                        paragraph for covered OPD services 
                        furnished in a year (as estimated by 
                        the Secretary before the beginning of 
                        the year) may not exceed the applicable 
                        percentage (specified in clause (ii)) 
                        of the total program payments estimated 
                        to be made under this subsection for 
                        all covered OPD services furnished in 
                        that year. If this paragraph is first 
                        applied to less than a full year, the 
                        previous sentence shall apply only to 
                        the portion of such year. This clause 
                        shall not apply for 2018.
                          (ii) Applicable percentage.--For 
                        purposes of clause (i), the term 
                        ``applicable percentage'' means--
                                  (I) for a year (or portion of 
                                a year) before 2004, 2.5 
                                percent; and
                                  (II) for 2004 and thereafter, 
                                a percentage specified by the 
                                Secretary up to (but not to 
                                exceed) 2.0 percent.
                          (iii) Uniform prospective reduction 
                        if aggregate limit projected to be 
                        exceeded.--If the Secretary estimates 
                        before the beginning of a year that the 
                        amount of the additional payments under 
                        this paragraph for the year (or portion 
                        thereof) as determined under clause (i) 
                        without regard to this clause will 
                        exceed the limit established under such 
                        clause, the Secretary shall reduce pro 
                        rata the amount of each of the 
                        additional payments under this 
                        paragraph for that year (or portion 
                        thereof) in order to ensure that the 
                        aggregate additional payments under 
                        this paragraph (as so estimated) do not 
                        exceed such limit.
                  (F) Limitation of application of functional 
                equivalence standard.--
                          (i) In general.--The Secretary may 
                        not publish regulations that apply a 
                        functional equivalence standard to a 
                        drug or biological under this 
                        paragraph.
                          (ii) Application.--Clause (i) shall 
                        apply to the application of a 
                        functional equivalence standard to a 
                        drug or biological on or after the date 
                        of enactment of the Medicare 
                        Prescription Drug, Improvement, and 
                        Modernization Act of 2003 unless--
                                  (I) such application was 
                                being made to such drug or 
                                biological prior to such date 
                                of enactment; and
                                  (II) the Secretary applies 
                                such standard to such drug or 
                                biological only for the purpose 
                                of determining eligibility of 
                                such drug or biological for 
                                additional payments under this 
                                paragraph and not for the 
                                purpose of any other payments 
                                under this title.
                          (iii) Rule of construction.--Nothing 
                        in this subparagraph shall be construed 
                        to effect the Secretary's authority to 
                        deem a particular drug to be identical 
                        to another drug if the 2 products are 
                        pharmaceutically equivalent and 
                        bioequivalent, as determined by the 
                        Commissioner of Food and Drugs.
                  (G) Pass-through extension for certain drugs 
                and biologicals.--In the case of a drug or 
                biological whose period of pass-through status 
                under this paragraph ended on December 31, 
                2017, and for which payment under this 
                subsection was packaged into a payment for a 
                covered OPD service (or group of services) 
                furnished beginning January 1, 2018, such pass-
                through status shall be extended for a 2-year 
                period beginning on October 1, 2018.
                  (H) Temporary payment rule for certain drugs 
                and biologicals.--In the case of a drug or 
                biological whose period of pass-through status 
                under this paragraph ended on December 31, 
                2017, and for which payment under this 
                subsection was packaged into a payment for a 
                covered OPD service (or group of services) 
                furnished beginning January 1, 2018, the 
                payment amount for such drug or biological 
                under this subsection that is furnished during 
                the period beginning on October 1, 2018, and 
                ending on March 31, 2019, shall be the greater 
                of--
                          (i) the payment amount that would 
                        otherwise apply under subparagraph 
                        (D)(i) for such drug or biological 
                        during such period; or
                          (ii) the payment amount that applied 
                        under such subparagraph (D)(i) for such 
                        drug or biological on December 31, 
                        2017.
                  (I) Special payment adjustment rules for last 
                quarter of 2018.--In the case of a drug or 
                biological whose period of pass-through status 
                under this paragraph ended on December 31, 
                2017, and for which payment under this 
                subsection was packaged into a payment amount 
                for a covered OPD service (or group of 
                services) beginning January 1, 2018, the 
                following rules shall apply with respect to 
                payment amounts under this subsection for 
                covered a OPD service (or group of services) 
                furnished during the period beginning on 
                October 1, 2018, and ending on December 31, 
                2018:
                          (i) The Secretary shall remove the 
                        packaged costs of such drug or 
                        biological (as determined by the 
                        Secretary) from the payment amount 
                        under this subsection for the covered 
                        OPD service (or group of services) with 
                        which it is packaged.
                          (ii) The Secretary shall not make any 
                        adjustments to payment amounts under 
                        this subsection for a covered OPD 
                        service (or group of services) for 
                        which no costs were removed under 
                        clause (i).
          (7) Transitional adjustment to limit decline in 
        payment.--
                  (A) Before 2002.--Subject to subparagraph 
                (D), for covered OPD services furnished before 
                January 1, 2002, for which the PPS amount (as 
                defined in subparagraph (E)) is--
                          (i) at least 90 percent, but less 
                        than 100 percent, of the pre-BBA amount 
                        (as defined in subparagraph (F)), the 
                        amount of payment under this subsection 
                        shall be increased by 80 percent of the 
                        amount of such difference;
                          (ii) at least 80 percent, but less 
                        than 90 percent, of the pre-BBA amount, 
                        the amount of payment under this 
                        subsection shall be increased by the 
                        amount by which (I) the product of 0.71 
                        and the pre-BBA amount, exceeds (II) 
                        the product of 0.70 and the PPS amount;
                          (iii) at least 70 percent, but less 
                        than 80 percent, of the pre-BBA amount, 
                        the amount of payment under this 
                        subsection shall be increased by the 
                        amount by which (I) the product of 0.63 
                        and the pre-BBA amount, exceeds (II) 
                        the product of 0.60 and the PPS amount; 
                        or
                          (iv) less than 70 percent of the pre-
                        BBA amount, the amount of payment under 
                        this subsection shall be increased by 
                        21 percent of the pre-BBA amount.
                  (B) 2002.--Subject to subparagraph (D), for 
                covered OPD services furnished during 2002, for 
                which the PPS amount is--
                          (i) at least 90 percent, but less 
                        than 100 percent, of the pre-BBA 
                        amount, the amount of payment under 
                        this subsection shall be increased by 
                        70 percent of the amount of such 
                        difference;
                          (ii) at least 80 percent, but less 
                        than 90 percent, of the pre-BBA amount, 
                        the amount of payment under this 
                        subsection shall be increased by the 
                        amount by which (I) the product of 0.61 
                        and the pre-BBA amount, exceeds (II) 
                        the product of 0.60 and the PPS amount; 
                        or
                          (iii) less than 80 percent of the 
                        pre-BBA amount, the amount of payment 
                        under this subsection shall be 
                        increased by 13 percent of the pre-BBA 
                        amount.
                  (C) 2003.--Subject to subparagraph (D), for 
                covered OPD services furnished during 2003, for 
                which the PPS amount is--
                          (i) at least 90 percent, but less 
                        than 100 percent, of the pre-BBA 
                        amount, the amount of payment under 
                        this subsection shall be increased by 
                        60 percent of the amount of such 
                        difference; or
                          (ii) less than 90 percent of the pre-
                        BBA amount, the amount of payment under 
                        this subsection shall be increased by 6 
                        percent of the pre-BBA amount.
                  (D) Hold harmless provisions.--
                          (i) Temporary treatment for certain 
                        rural hospitals.--(I) In the case of a 
                        hospital located in a rural area and 
                        that has not more than 100 beds or a 
                        sole community hospital (as defined in 
                        section 1886(d)(5)(D)(iii)) located in 
                        a rural area, for covered OPD services 
                        furnished before January 1, 2006, for 
                        which the PPS amount is less than the 
                        pre-BBA amount, the amount of payment 
                        under this subsection shall be 
                        increased by the amount of such 
                        difference.
                          (II) In the case of a hospital 
                        located in a rural area and that has 
                        not more than 100 beds and that is not 
                        a sole community hospital (as defined 
                        in section 1886(d)(5)(D)(iii)), for 
                        covered OPD services furnished on or 
                        after January 1, 2006, and before 
                        January 1, 2013, for which the PPS 
                        amount is less than the pre-BBA amount, 
                        the amount of payment under this 
                        subsection shall be increased by the 
                        applicable percentage of the amount of 
                        such difference. For purposes of the 
                        preceding sentence, the applicable 
                        percentage shall be 95 percent with 
                        respect to covered OPD services 
                        furnished in 2006, 90 percent with 
                        respect to such services furnished in 
                        2007, and 85 percent with respect to 
                        such services furnished in 2008, 2009, 
                        2010, 2011, or 2012.
                          (III) In the case of a sole community 
                        hospital (as defined in section 
                        1886(d)(5)(D)(iii)) that has not more 
                        than 100 beds, for covered OPD services 
                        furnished on or after January 1, 2009, 
                        and before January 1, 2013, for which 
                        the PPS amount is less than the pre-BBA 
                        amount, the amount of payment under 
                        this subsection shall be increased by 
                        85 percent of the amount of such 
                        difference. In the case of covered OPD 
                        services furnished on or after January 
                        1, 2010, and before March 1, 2012, the 
                        preceding sentence shall be applied 
                        without regard to the 100-bed 
                        limitation.
                          (ii) Permanent treatment for cancer 
                        hospitals and children's hospitals.--In 
                        the case of a hospital described in 
                        clause (iii) or (v) of section 
                        1886(d)(1)(B), for covered OPD services 
                        for which the PPS amount is less than 
                        the pre-BBA amount, the amount of 
                        payment under this subsection shall be 
                        increased by the amount of such 
                        difference.
                  (E) PPS amount defined.--In this paragraph, 
                the term ``PPS amount'' means, with respect to 
                covered OPD services, the amount payable under 
                this title for such services (determined 
                without regard to this paragraph), including 
                amounts payable as copayment under paragraph 
                (8), coinsurance under section 
                1866(a)(2)(A)(ii), and the deductible under 
                section 1833(b).
                  (F) Pre-BBA amount defined.--
                          (i) In general.--In this paragraph, 
                        the ``pre-BBA amount'' means, with 
                        respect to covered OPD services 
                        furnished by a hospital in a year, an 
                        amount equal to the product of the 
                        reasonable cost of the hospital for 
                        such services for the portions of the 
                        hospital's cost reporting period (or 
                        periods) occurring in the year and the 
                        base OPD payment-to-cost ratio for the 
                        hospital (as defined in clause (ii)).
                          (ii) Base payment-to-cost-ratio 
                        defined.--For purposes of this 
                        subparagraph, the ``base payment-to-
                        cost ratio'' for a hospital means the 
                        ratio of--
                                  (I) the hospital's 
                                reimbursement under this part 
                                for covered OPD services 
                                furnished during the cost 
                                reporting period ending in 1996 
                                (or in the case of a hospital 
                                that did not submit a cost 
                                report for such period, during 
                                the first subsequent cost 
                                reporting period ending before 
                                2001 for which the hospital 
                                submitted a cost report), 
                                including any reimbursement for 
                                such services through cost-
                                sharing described in 
                                subparagraph (E), to
                                  (II) the reasonable cost of 
                                such services for such period.
                        The Secretary shall determine such 
                        ratios as if the amendments made by 
                        section 4521 of the Balanced Budget Act 
                        of 1997 were in effect in 1996.
                  (G) Interim payments.--The Secretary shall 
                make payments under this paragraph to hospitals 
                on an interim basis, subject to retrospective 
                adjustments based on settled cost reports.
                  (H) No effect on copayments.--Nothing in this 
                paragraph shall be construed to affect the 
                unadjusted copayment amount described in 
                paragraph (3)(B) or the copayment amount under 
                paragraph (8).
                  (I) Application without regard to budget 
                neutrality.--The additional payments made under 
                this paragraph--
                          (i) shall not be considered an 
                        adjustment under paragraph (2)(E); and
                          (ii) shall not be implemented in a 
                        budget neutral manner.
          (8) Copayment amount.--
                  (A) In general.--Except as provided in 
                subparagraphs (B) and (C), the copayment amount 
                under this subsection is the amount by which 
                the amount described in paragraph (4)(B) 
                exceeds the amount of payment determined under 
                paragraph (4)(C).
                  (B) Election to offer reduced copayment 
                amount.--The Secretary shall establish a 
                procedure under which a hospital, before the 
                beginning of a year (beginning with 1999), may 
                elect to reduce the copayment amount otherwise 
                established under subparagraph (A) for some or 
                all covered OPD services to an amount that is 
                not less than 20 percent of the medicare OPD 
                fee schedule amount (computed under paragraph 
                (3)(D)) for the service involved. Under such 
                procedures, such reduced copayment amount may 
                not be further reduced or increased during the 
                year involved and the hospital may disseminate 
                information on the reduction of copayment 
                amount effected under this subparagraph.
                  (C) Limitation on copayment amount.--
                          (i) To inpatient hospital deductible 
                        amount.--In no case shall the copayment 
                        amount for a procedure performed in a 
                        year exceed the amount of the inpatient 
                        hospital deductible established under 
                        section 1813(b) for that year.
                          (ii) To specified percentage.--The 
                        Secretary shall reduce the national 
                        unadjusted copayment amount for a 
                        covered OPD service (or group of such 
                        services) furnished in a year in a 
                        manner so that the effective copayment 
                        rate (determined on a national 
                        unadjusted basis) for that service in 
                        the year does not exceed the following 
                        percentage:
                                  (I) For procedures performed 
                                in 2001, on or after April 1, 
                                2001, 57 percent.
                                  (II) For procedures performed 
                                in 2002 or 2003, 55 percent.
                                  (III) For procedures 
                                performed in 2004, 50 percent.
                                  (IV) For procedures performed 
                                in 2005, 45 percent.
                                  (V) For procedures performed 
                                in 2006 and thereafter, 40 
                                percent.
                  (D) No impact on deductibles.--Nothing in 
                this paragraph shall be construed as affecting 
                a hospital's authority to waive the charging of 
                a deductible under section 1833(b).
                  (E) Computation ignoring outlier and pass-
                through adjustments.--The copayment amount 
                shall be computed under subparagraph (A) as if 
                the adjustments under paragraphs (5) and (6) 
                (and any adjustment made under paragraph (2)(E) 
                in relation to such adjustments) had not 
                occurred.
          (9) Periodic review and adjustments components of 
        prospective payment system.--
                  (A) Periodic review.--The Secretary shall 
                review not less often than annually and revise 
                the groups, the relative payment weights, and 
                the wage and other adjustments described in 
                paragraph (2) to take into account changes in 
                medical practice, changes in technology, the 
                addition of new services, new cost data, and 
                other relevant information and factors. The 
                Secretary shall consult with an expert outside 
                advisory panel composed of an appropriate 
                selection of representatives of providers to 
                review (and advise the Secretary concerning) 
                the clinical integrity of the groups and 
                weights. Such panel may use data collected or 
                developed by entities and organizations (other 
                than the Department of Health and Human 
                Services) in conducting such review.
                  (B) Budget neutrality adjustment.--If the 
                Secretary makes adjustments under subparagraph 
                (A), then the adjustments for a year may not 
                cause the estimated amount of expenditures 
                under this part for the year to increase or 
                decrease from the estimated amount of 
                expenditures under this part that would have 
                been made if the adjustments had not been made. 
                In determining adjustments under the preceding 
                sentence for 2004 and 2005, the Secretary shall 
                not take into account under this subparagraph 
                or paragraph (2)(E) any expenditures that would 
                not have been made but for the application of 
                paragraph (14).
                  (C) Update factor.--If the Secretary 
                determines under methodologies described in 
                paragraph (2)(F) that the volume of services 
                paid for under this subsection increased beyond 
                amounts established through those 
                methodologies, the Secretary may appropriately 
                adjust the update to the conversion factor 
                otherwise applicable in a subsequent year.
          (10) Special rule for ambulance services.--The 
        Secretary shall pay for hospital outpatient services 
        that are ambulance services on the basis described in 
        section 1861(v)(1)(U), or, if applicable, the fee 
        schedule established under section 1834(l).
          (11) Special rules for certain hospitals.--In the 
        case of hospitals described in clause (iii) or (v) of 
        section 1886(d)(1)(B)--
                  (A) the system under this subsection shall 
                not apply to covered OPD services furnished 
                before January 1, 2000; and
                  (B) the Secretary may establish a separate 
                conversion factor for such services in a manner 
                that specifically takes into account the unique 
                costs incurred by such hospitals by virtue of 
                their patient population and service intensity.
          (12) Limitation on review.--There shall be no 
        administrative or judicial review under section 1869, 
        1878, or otherwise of--
                  (A) the development of the classification 
                system under paragraph (2), including the 
                establishment of groups and relative payment 
                weights for covered OPD services, of wage 
                adjustment factors, other adjustments, and 
                methods described in paragraph (2)(F);
                  (B) the calculation of base amounts under 
                paragraph (3);
                  (C) periodic adjustments made under paragraph 
                (6);
                  (D) the establishment of a separate 
                conversion factor under paragraph (8)(B); and
                  (E) the determination of the fixed multiple, 
                or a fixed dollar cutoff amount, the marginal 
                cost of care, or applicable percentage under 
                paragraph (5) or the determination of 
                insignificance of cost, the duration of the 
                additional payments, the determination and 
                deletion of initial and new categories 
                (consistent with subparagraphs (B) and (C) of 
                paragraph (6)), the portion of the medicare OPD 
                fee schedule amount associated with particular 
                devices, drugs, or biologicals, and the 
                application of any pro rata reduction under 
                paragraph (6).
          (13) Authorization of adjustment for rural 
        hospitals.--
                  (A) Study.--The Secretary shall conduct a 
                study to determine if, under the system under 
                this subsection, costs incurred by hospitals 
                located in rural areas by ambulatory payment 
                classification groups (APCs) exceed those costs 
                incurred by hospitals located in urban areas.
                  (B) Authorization of adjustment.--Insofar as 
                the Secretary determines under subparagraph (A) 
                that costs incurred by hospitals located in 
                rural areas exceed those costs incurred by 
                hospitals located in urban areas, the Secretary 
                shall provide for an appropriate adjustment 
                under paragraph (2)(E) to reflect those higher 
                costs by January 1, 2006.
          (14) Drug apc payment rates.--
                  (A) In general.--The amount of payment under 
                this subsection for a specified covered 
                outpatient drug (defined in subparagraph (B)) 
                that is furnished as part of a covered OPD 
                service (or group of services)--
                          (i) in 2004, in the case of--
                                  (I) a sole source drug shall 
                                in no case be less than 88 
                                percent, or exceed 95 percent, 
                                of the reference average 
                                wholesale price for the drug;
                                  (II) an innovator multiple 
                                source drug shall in no case 
                                exceed 68 percent of the 
                                reference average wholesale 
                                price for the drug; or
                                  (III) a noninnovator multiple 
                                source drug shall in no case 
                                exceed 46 percent of the 
                                reference average wholesale 
                                price for the drug;
                          (ii) in 2005, in the case of--
                                  (I) a sole source drug shall 
                                in no case be less than 83 
                                percent, or exceed 95 percent, 
                                of the reference average 
                                wholesale price for the drug;
                                  (II) an innovator multiple 
                                source drug shall in no case 
                                exceed 68 percent of the 
                                reference average wholesale 
                                price for the drug; or
                                  (III) a noninnovator multiple 
                                source drug shall in no case 
                                exceed 46 percent of the 
                                reference average wholesale 
                                price for the drug; or
                          (iii) in a subsequent year, shall be 
                        equal, subject to subparagraph (E)--
                                  (I) to the average 
                                acquisition cost for the drug 
                                for that year (which, at the 
                                option of the Secretary, may 
                                vary by hospital group (as 
                                defined by the Secretary based 
                                on volume of covered OPD 
                                services or other relevant 
                                characteristics)), as 
                                determined by the Secretary 
                                taking into account the 
                                hospital acquisition cost 
                                survey data under subparagraph 
                                (D); or
                                  (II) if hospital acquisition 
                                cost data are not available, 
                                the average price for the drug 
                                in the year established under 
                                section 1842(o), section 1847A, 
                                or section 1847B, as the case 
                                may be, as calculated and 
                                adjusted by the Secretary as 
                                necessary for purposes of this 
                                paragraph.
                  (B) Specified covered outpatient drug 
                defined.--
                          (i) In general.--In this paragraph, 
                        the term ``specified covered outpatient 
                        drug'' means, subject to clause (ii), a 
                        covered outpatient drug (as defined in 
                        section 1927(k)(2)) for which a 
                        separate ambulatory payment 
                        classification group (APC) has been 
                        established and that is--
                                  (I) a radiopharmaceutical; or
                                  (II) a drug or biological for 
                                which payment was made under 
                                paragraph (6) (relating to 
                                pass-through payments) on or 
                                before December 31, 2002.
                          (ii) Exception.--Such term does not 
                        include--
                                  (I) a drug or biological for 
                                which payment is first made on 
                                or after January 1, 2003, under 
                                paragraph (6);
                                  (II) a drug or biological for 
                                which a temporary HCPCS code 
                                has not been assigned; or
                                  (III) during 2004 and 2005, 
                                an orphan drug (as designated 
                                by the Secretary).
                  (C) Payment for designated orphan drugs 
                during 2004 and 2005.--The amount of payment 
                under this subsection for an orphan drug 
                designated by the Secretary under subparagraph 
                (B)(ii)(III) that is furnished as part of a 
                covered OPD service (or group of services) 
                during 2004 and 2005 shall equal such amount as 
                the Secretary may specify.
                  (D) Acquisition cost survey for hospital 
                outpatient drugs.--
                          (i) Annual gao surveys in 2004 and 
                        2005.--
                                  (I) In general.--The 
                                Comptroller General of the 
                                United States shall conduct a 
                                survey in each of 2004 and 2005 
                                to determine the hospital 
                                acquisition cost for each 
                                specified covered outpatient 
                                drug. Not later than April 1, 
                                2005, the Comptroller General 
                                shall furnish data from such 
                                surveys to the Secretary for 
                                use in setting the payment 
                                rates under subparagraph (A) 
                                for 2006.
                                  (II) Recommendations.--Upon 
                                the completion of such surveys, 
                                the Comptroller General shall 
                                recommend to the Secretary the 
                                frequency and methodology of 
                                subsequent surveys to be 
                                conducted by the Secretary 
                                under clause (ii).
                          (ii) Subsequent secretarial 
                        surveys.--The Secretary, taking into 
                        account such recommendations, shall 
                        conduct periodic subsequent surveys to 
                        determine the hospital acquisition cost 
                        for each specified covered outpatient 
                        drug for use in setting the payment 
                        rates under subparagraph (A).
                          (iii) Survey requirements.--The 
                        surveys conducted under clauses (i) and 
                        (ii) shall have a large sample of 
                        hospitals that is sufficient to 
                        generate a statistically significant 
                        estimate of the average hospital 
                        acquisition cost for each specified 
                        covered outpatient drug. With respect 
                        to the surveys conducted under clause 
                        (i), the Comptroller General shall 
                        report to Congress on the justification 
                        for the size of the sample used in 
                        order to assure the validity of such 
                        estimates.
                          (iv) Differentiation in cost.--In 
                        conducting surveys under clause (i), 
                        the Comptroller General shall determine 
                        and report to Congress if there is (and 
                        the extent of any) variation in 
                        hospital acquisition costs for drugs 
                        among hospitals based on the volume of 
                        covered OPD services performed by such 
                        hospitals or other relevant 
                        characteristics of such hospitals (as 
                        defined by the Comptroller General).
                          (v) Comment on proposed rates.--Not 
                        later than 30 days after the date the 
                        Secretary promulgated proposed rules 
                        setting forth the payment rates under 
                        subparagraph (A) for 2006, the 
                        Comptroller General shall evaluate such 
                        proposed rates and submit to Congress a 
                        report regarding the appropriateness of 
                        such rates based on the surveys the 
                        Comptroller General has conducted under 
                        clause (i).
                  (E) Adjustment in payment rates for overhead 
                costs.--
                          (i) Medpac report on drug apc 
                        design.--The Medicare Payment Advisory 
                        Commission shall submit to the 
                        Secretary, not later than July 1, 2005, 
                        a report on adjustment of payment for 
                        ambulatory payment classifications for 
                        specified covered outpatient drugs to 
                        take into account overhead and related 
                        expenses, such as pharmacy services and 
                        handling costs. Such report shall 
                        include--
                                  (I) a description and 
                                analysis of the data available 
                                with regard to such expenses;
                                  (II) a recommendation as to 
                                whether such a payment 
                                adjustment should be made; and
                                  (III) if such adjustment 
                                should be made, a 
                                recommendation regarding the 
                                methodology for making such an 
                                adjustment.
                          (ii) Adjustment authorized.--The 
                        Secretary may adjust the weights for 
                        ambulatory payment classifications for 
                        specified covered outpatient drugs to 
                        take into account the recommendations 
                        contained in the report submitted under 
                        clause (i).
                  (F) Classes of drugs.--For purposes of this 
                paragraph:
                          (i) Sole source drugs.--The term 
                        ``sole source drug'' means--
                                  (I) a biological product (as 
                                defined under section 
                                1861(t)(1)); or
                                  (II) a single source drug (as 
                                defined in section 
                                1927(k)(7)(A)(iv)).
                          (ii) Innovator multiple source 
                        drugs.--The term ``innovator multiple 
                        source drug'' has the meaning given 
                        such term in section 1927(k)(7)(A)(ii).
                          (iii) Noninnovator multiple source 
                        drugs.--The term ``noninnovator 
                        multiple source drug'' has the meaning 
                        given such term in section 
                        1927(k)(7)(A)(iii).
                  (G) Reference average wholesale price.--The 
                term ``reference average wholesale price'' 
                means, with respect to a specified covered 
                outpatient drug, the average wholesale price 
                for the drug as determined under section 
                1842(o) as of May 1, 2003.
                  (H) Inapplicability of expenditures in 
                determining conversion, weighting, and other 
                adjustment factors.--Additional expenditures 
                resulting from this paragraph shall not be 
                taken into account in establishing the 
                conversion, weighting, and other adjustment 
                factors for 2004 and 2005 under paragraph (9), 
                but shall be taken into account for subsequent 
                years.
          (15) Payment for new drugs and biologicals until 
        hcpcs code assigned.--With respect to payment under 
        this part for an outpatient drug or biological that is 
        covered under this part and is furnished as part of 
        covered OPD services for which a HCPCS code has not 
        been assigned, the amount provided for payment for such 
        drug or biological under this part shall be equal to 95 
        percent of the average wholesale price for the drug or 
        biological.
          (16) Miscellaneous provisions.--
                  (A) Application of reclassification of 
                certain hospitals.--If a hospital is being 
                treated as being located in a rural area under 
                section 1886(d)(8)(E), that hospital shall be 
                treated under this subsection as being located 
                in that rural area.
                  (B) Threshold for establishment of separate 
                apcs for drugs.--The Secretary shall reduce the 
                threshold for the establishment of separate 
                ambulatory payment classification groups (APCs) 
                with respect to drugs or biologicals to $50 per 
                administration for drugs and biologicals 
                furnished in 2005 and 2006.
                  (C) Payment for devices of brachytherapy and 
                therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals at charges 
                adjusted to cost.--Notwithstanding the 
                preceding provisions of this subsection, for a 
                device of brachytherapy consisting of a seed or 
                seeds (or radioactive source) furnished on or 
                after January 1, 2004, and before January 1, 
                2010, and for therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals 
                furnished on or after January 1, 2008, and 
                before January 1, 2010, the payment basis for 
                the device or therapeutic radiopharmaceutical 
                under this subsection shall be equal to the 
                hospital's charges for each device or 
                therapeutic radiopharmaceutical furnished, 
                adjusted to cost. Charges for such devices or 
                therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals shall not be 
                included in determining any outlier payment 
                under this subsection.
                  (D) Special payment rule.--
                          (i) In general.--In the case of 
                        covered OPD services furnished on or 
                        after April 1, 2013, in a hospital 
                        described in clause (ii), if--
                                  (I) the payment rate that 
                                would otherwise apply under 
                                this subsection for 
                                stereotactic radiosurgery, 
                                complete course of treatment of 
                                cranial lesion(s) consisting of 
                                1 session that is multi-source 
                                Cobalt 60 based (identified as 
                                of January 1, 2013, by HCPCS 
                                code 77371 (and any succeeding 
                                code) and reimbursed as of such 
                                date under APC 0127 (and any 
                                succeeding classification 
                                group)); exceeds
                                  (II) the payment rate that 
                                would otherwise apply under 
                                this subsection for linear 
                                accelerator based stereotactic 
                                radiosurgery, complete course 
                                of therapy in one session 
                                (identified as of January 1, 
                                2013, by HCPCS code G0173 (and 
                                any succeeding code) and 
                                reimbursed as of such date 
                                under APC 0067 (and any 
                                succeeding classification 
                                group)),
                        the payment rate for the service 
                        described in subclause (I) shall be 
                        reduced to an amount equal to the 
                        payment rate for the service described 
                        in subclause (II).
                          (ii) Hospital described.--A hospital 
                        described in this clause is a hospital 
                        that is not--
                                  (I) located in a rural area 
                                (as defined in section 
                                1886(d)(2)(D));
                                  (II) classified as a rural 
                                referral center under section 
                                1886(d)(5)(C); or
                                  (III) a sole community 
                                hospital (as defined in section 
                                1886(d)(5)(D)(iii)).
                          (iii) Not budget neutral.--In making 
                        any budget neutrality adjustments under 
                        this subsection for 2013 (with respect 
                        to covered OPD services furnished on or 
                        after April 1, 2013, and before January 
                        1, 2014) or a subsequent year, the 
                        Secretary shall not take into account 
                        the reduced expenditures that result 
                        from the application of this 
                        subparagraph.
                  (E) Application of appropriate use criteria 
                for certain imaging services.--For provisions 
                relating to the application of appropriate use 
                criteria for certain imaging services, see 
                section 1834(q).
                  (F) Payment incentive for the transition from 
                traditional x-ray imaging to digital 
                radiography.--Notwithstanding the previous 
                provisions of this subsection:
                          (i) Limitation on payment for film x-
                        ray imaging services.--In the case of 
                        an imaging service that is an X-ray 
                        taken using film and that is furnished 
                        during 2017 or a subsequent year, the 
                        payment amount for such service 
                        (including the X-ray component of a 
                        packaged service) that would otherwise 
                        be determined under this section 
                        (without application of this paragraph 
                        and before application of any other 
                        adjustment under this subsection) for 
                        such year shall be reduced by 20 
                        percent.
                          (ii) Phased-in limitation on payment 
                        for computed radiography imaging 
                        services.--In the case of an imaging 
                        service that is an X-ray taken using 
                        computed radiography technology (as 
                        defined in section 1848(b)(9)(C))--
                                  (I) in the case of such a 
                                service furnished during 2018, 
                                2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022, the 
                                payment amount for such service 
                                (including the X-ray component 
                                of a packaged service) that 
                                would otherwise be determined 
                                under this section (without 
                                application of this paragraph 
                                and before application of any 
                                other adjustment under this 
                                subsection) for such year shall 
                                be reduced by 7 percent; and
                                  (II) in the case of such a 
                                service furnished during 2023 
                                or a subsequent year, the 
                                payment amount for such service 
                                (including the X-ray component 
                                of a packaged service) that 
                                would otherwise be determined 
                                under this section (without 
                                application of this paragraph 
                                and before application of any 
                                other adjustment under this 
                                subsection) for such year shall 
                                be reduced by 10 percent.
                          (iii) Application without regard to 
                        budget neutrality.--The reductions made 
                        under this subparagraph--
                                  (I) shall not be considered 
                                an adjustment under paragraph 
                                (2)(E); and
                                  (II) shall not be implemented 
                                in a budget neutral manner.
                          (iv) Implementation.--In order to 
                        implement this subparagraph, the 
                        Secretary shall adopt appropriate 
                        mechanisms which may include use of 
                        modifiers.
          (17) Quality reporting.--
                  (A) Reduction in update for failure to 
                report.--
                          (i) In general.--For purposes of 
                        paragraph (3)(C)(iv) for 2009 and each 
                        subsequent year, in the case of a 
                        subsection (d) hospital (as defined in 
                        section 1886(d)(1)(B)) that does not 
                        submit, to the Secretary in accordance 
                        with this paragraph, data required to 
                        be submitted on measures selected under 
                        this paragraph with respect to such a 
                        year, the OPD fee schedule increase 
                        factor under paragraph (3)(C)(iv) for 
                        such year shall be reduced by 2.0 
                        percentage points.
                          (ii) Non-cumulative application.--A 
                        reduction under this subparagraph shall 
                        apply only with respect to the year 
                        involved and the Secretary shall not 
                        take into account such reduction in 
                        computing the OPD fee schedule increase 
                        factor for a subsequent year.
                  (B) Form and manner of submission.--Each 
                subsection (d) hospital shall submit data on 
                measures selected under this paragraph to the 
                Secretary in a form and manner, and at a time, 
                specified by the Secretary for purposes of this 
                paragraph.
                  (C) Development of outpatient measures.--
                          (i) In general.--The Secretary shall 
                        develop measures that the Secretary 
                        determines to be appropriate for the 
                        measurement of the quality of care 
                        (including medication errors) furnished 
                        by hospitals in outpatient settings and 
                        that reflect consensus among affected 
                        parties and, to the extent feasible and 
                        practicable, shall include measures set 
                        forth by one or more national consensus 
                        building entities.
                          (ii) Construction.--Nothing in this 
                        paragraph shall be construed as 
                        preventing the Secretary from selecting 
                        measures that are the same as (or a 
                        subset of) the measures for which data 
                        are required to be submitted under 
                        section 1886(b)(3)(B)(viii).
                  (D) Replacement of measures.--For purposes of 
                this paragraph, the Secretary may replace any 
                measures or indicators in appropriate cases, 
                such as where all hospitals are effectively in 
                compliance or the measures or indicators have 
                been subsequently shown not to represent the 
                best clinical practice.
                  (E) Availability of data.--The Secretary 
                shall establish procedures for making data 
                submitted under this paragraph available to the 
                public. Such procedures shall ensure that a 
                hospital has the opportunity to review the data 
                that are to be made public with respect to the 
                hospital prior to such data being made public. 
                The Secretary shall report quality measures of 
                process, structure, outcome, patients' 
                perspectives on care, efficiency, and costs of 
                care that relate to services furnished in 
                outpatient settings in hospitals on the 
                Internet website of the Centers for Medicare & 
                Medicaid Services.
          (18) Authorization of adjustment for cancer 
        hospitals.--
                  (A) Study.--The Secretary shall conduct a 
                study to determine if, under the system under 
                this subsection, costs incurred by hospitals 
                described in section 1886(d)(1)(B)(v) with 
                respect to ambulatory payment classification 
                groups exceed those costs incurred by other 
                hospitals furnishing services under this 
                subsection (as determined appropriate by the 
                Secretary). In conducting the study under this 
                subparagraph, the Secretary shall take into 
                consideration the cost of drugs and biologicals 
                incurred by such hospitals.
                  (B) Authorization of adjustment.--Insofar as 
                the Secretary determines under subparagraph (A) 
                that costs incurred by hospitals described in 
                section 1886(d)(1)(B)(v) exceed those costs 
                incurred by other hospitals furnishing services 
                under this subsection, the Secretary shall, 
                subject to subparagraph (C), provide for an 
                appropriate adjustment under paragraph (2)(E) 
                to reflect those higher costs effective for 
                services furnished on or after January 1, 2011.
                  (C) Target pcr adjustment.--In applying 
                section 419.43(i) of title 42 of the Code of 
                Federal Regulations to implement the 
                appropriate adjustment under this paragraph for 
                services furnished on or after January 1, 2018, 
                the Secretary shall use a target PCR that is 
                1.0 percentage points less than the target PCR 
                that would otherwise apply. In addition to the 
                percentage point reduction under the previous 
                sentence, the Secretary may consider making an 
                additional percentage point reduction to such 
                target PCR that takes into account payment 
                rates for applicable items and services 
                described in paragraph (21)(C) other than for 
                services furnished by hospitals described in 
                section 1886(d)(1)(B)(v). In making any budget 
                neutrality adjustments under this subsection 
                for 2018 or a subsequent year, the Secretary 
                shall not take into account the reduced 
                expenditures that result from the application 
                of this subparagraph.
          (19) Floor on area wage adjustment factor for 
        hospital outpatient department services in frontier 
        states.--
                  (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), 
                with respect to covered OPD services furnished 
                on or after January 1, 2011, the area wage 
                adjustment factor applicable under the payment 
                system established under this subsection to any 
                hospital outpatient department which is located 
                in a frontier State (as defined in section 
                1886(d)(3)(E)(iii)(II)) may not be less than 
                1.00. The preceding sentence shall not be 
                applied in a budget neutral manner.
                  (B) Limitation.--This paragraph shall not 
                apply to any hospital outpatient department 
                located in a State that receives a non-labor 
                related share adjustment under section 
                1886(d)(5)(H).
          (20) Not budget neutral application of reduced 
        expenditures resulting from quality incentives for 
        computed tomography.--The Secretary shall not take into 
        account the reduced expenditures that result from the 
        application of section 1834(p) in making any budget 
        neutrality adjustments this subsection.
          (21) Services furnished by an off-campus outpatient 
        department of a provider.--
                  (A) Applicable items and services.--For 
                purposes of paragraph (1)(B)(v) and this 
                paragraph, the term ``applicable items and 
                services'' means items and services other than 
                items and services furnished by a dedicated 
                emergency department (as defined in section 
                489.24(b) of title 42 of the Code of Federal 
                Regulations).
                  (B) Off-campus outpatient department of a 
                provider.--
                          (i) In general.--For purposes of 
                        paragraph (1)(B)(v) and this paragraph, 
                        subject to the subsequent provisions of 
                        this subparagraph, the term ``off-
                        campus outpatient department of a 
                        provider'' means a department of a 
                        provider (as defined in section 
                        413.65(a)(2) of title 42 of the Code of 
                        Federal Regulations, as in effect as of 
                        the date of the enactment of this 
                        paragraph) that is not located--
                                  (I) on the campus (as defined 
                                in such section 413.65(a)(2)) 
                                of such provider; or
                                  (II) within the distance 
                                (described in such definition 
                                of campus) from a remote 
                                location of a hospital facility 
                                (as defined in such section 
                                413.65(a)(2)).
                          (ii) Exception.--For purposes of 
                        paragraph (1)(B)(v) and this paragraph, 
                        the term ``off-campus outpatient 
                        department of a provider'' shall not 
                        include a department of a provider (as 
                        so defined) that was billing under this 
                        subsection with respect to covered OPD 
                        services furnished prior to the date of 
                        the enactment of this paragraph.
                          (iii) Deemed treatment for 2017.--For 
                        purposes of applying clause (ii) with 
                        respect to applicable items and 
                        services furnished during 2017, a 
                        department of a provider (as so 
                        defined) not described in such clause 
                        is deemed to be billing under this 
                        subsection with respect to covered OPD 
                        services furnished prior to November 2, 
                        2015, if the Secretary received from 
                        the provider prior to December 2, 2015, 
                        an attestation (pursuant to section 
                        413.65(b)(3) of title 42 of the Code of 
                        Federal Regulations) that such 
                        department was a department of a 
                        provider (as so defined).
                          (iv) Alternative exception beginning 
                        with 2018.--For purposes of paragraph 
                        (1)(B)(v) and this paragraph with 
                        respect to applicable items and 
                        services furnished during 2018 or a 
                        subsequent year, the term ``off-campus 
                        outpatient department of a provider'' 
                        also shall not include a department of 
                        a provider (as so defined) that is not 
                        described in clause (ii) if--
                                  (I) the Secretary receives 
                                from the provider an 
                                attestation (pursuant to such 
                                section 413.65(b)(3)) not later 
                                than December 31, 2016 (or, if 
                                later, 60 days after the date 
                                of the enactment of this 
                                clause), that such department 
                                met the requirements of a 
                                department of a provider 
                                specified in section 413.65 of 
                                title 42 of the Code of Federal 
                                Regulations;
                                  (II) the provider includes 
                                such department as part of the 
                                provider on its enrollment form 
                                in accordance with the 
                                enrollment process under 
                                section 1866(j); and
                                  (III) the department met the 
                                mid-build requirement of clause 
                                (v) and the Secretary receives, 
                                not later than 60 days after 
                                the date of the enactment of 
                                this clause, from the chief 
                                executive officer or chief 
                                operating officer of the 
                                provider a written 
                                certification that the 
                                department met such 
                                requirement.
                          (v) Mid-build requirement 
                        described.--The mid-build requirement 
                        of this clause is, with respect to a 
                        department of a provider, that before 
                        November 2, 2015, the provider had a 
                        binding written agreement with an 
                        outside unrelated party for the actual 
                        construction of such department.
                          (vi) Exclusion for certain cancer 
                        hospitals.--For purposes of paragraph 
                        (1)(B)(v) and this paragraph with 
                        respect to applicable items and 
                        services furnished during 2017 or a 
                        subsequent year, the term ``off-campus 
                        outpatient department of a provider'' 
                        also shall not include a department of 
                        a provider (as so defined) that is not 
                        described in clause (ii) if the 
                        provider is a hospital described in 
                        section 1886(d)(1)(B)(v) and--
                                  (I) in the case of a 
                                department that met the 
                                requirements of section 413.65 
                                of title 42 of the Code of 
                                Federal Regulations after 
                                November 1, 2015, and before 
                                the date of the enactment of 
                                this clause, the Secretary 
                                receives from the provider an 
                                attestation that such 
                                department met such 
                                requirements not later than 60 
                                days after such date of 
                                enactment; or
                                  (II) in the case of a 
                                department that meets such 
                                requirements after such date of 
                                enactment, the Secretary 
                                receives from the provider an 
                                attestation that such 
                                department meets such 
                                requirements not later than 60 
                                days after the date such 
                                requirements are first met with 
                                respect to such department.
                          (vii) Audit.--Not later than December 
                        31, 2018, the Secretary shall audit the 
                        compliance with requirements of clause 
                        (iv) with respect to each department of 
                        a provider to which such clause 
                        applies. Not later than 2 years after 
                        the date the Secretary receives an 
                        attestation under clause (vi) relating 
                        to compliance of a department of a 
                        provider with requirements referred to 
                        in such clause, the Secretary shall 
                        audit the compliance with such 
                        requirements with respect to the 
                        department. If the Secretary finds as a 
                        result of an audit under this clause 
                        that the applicable requirements were 
                        not met with respect to such 
                        department, the department shall not be 
                        excluded from the term ``off-campus 
                        outpatient department of a provider'' 
                        under such clause.
                          (viii) Implementation.--For purposes 
                        of implementing clauses (iii) through 
                        (vii):
                                  (I) Notwithstanding any other 
                                provision of law, the Secretary 
                                may implement such clauses by 
                                program instruction or 
                                otherwise.
                                  (II) Subchapter I of chapter 
                                35 of title 44, United States 
                                Code, shall not apply.
                                  (III) For purposes of 
                                carrying out this subparagraph 
                                with respect to clauses (iii) 
                                and (iv) (and clause (vii) 
                                insofar as it relates to clause 
                                (iv)), $10,000,000 shall be 
                                available from the Federal 
                                Supplementary Medical Insurance 
                                Trust Fund under section 1841, 
                                to remain available until 
                                December 31, 2018. For purposes 
                                of carrying out this 
                                subparagraph with respect to 
                                clause (vi) (and clause (vii) 
                                insofar as it relates to such 
                                clause), $2,000,000 shall be 
                                available from the Federal 
                                Supplementary Medical Insurance 
                                Trust Fund under section 1841, 
                                to remain available until 
                                expended.
                  (C) Availability of payment under other 
                payment systems.--Payments for applicable items 
                and services furnished by an off-campus 
                outpatient department of a provider that are 
                described in paragraph (1)(B)(v) shall be made 
                under the applicable payment system under this 
                part (other than under this subsection) if the 
                requirements for such payment are otherwise 
                met.
                  (D) Information needed for implementation.--
                Each hospital shall provide to the Secretary 
                such information as the Secretary determines 
                appropriate to implement this paragraph and 
                paragraph (1)(B)(v) (which may include 
                reporting of information on a hospital claim 
                using a code or modifier and reporting 
                information about off-campus outpatient 
                departments of a provider on the enrollment 
                form described in section 1866(j)).
                  (E) Limitations.--There shall be no 
                administrative or judicial review under section 
                1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the 
                following:
                          (i) The determination of the 
                        applicable items and services under 
                        subparagraph (A) and applicable payment 
                        systems under subparagraph (C).
                          (ii) The determination of whether a 
                        department of a provider meets the term 
                        described in subparagraph (B).
                          (iii) Any information that hospitals 
                        are required to report pursuant to 
                        subparagraph (D).
                          (iv) The determination of an audit 
                        under subparagraph (B)(vii).
  (u) Incentive Payments for Physician Scarcity Areas.--
          (1) In general.--In the case of physicians' services 
        furnished on or after January 1, 2005, and before July 
        1, 2008--
                  (A) by a primary care physician in a primary 
                care scarcity county (identified under 
                paragraph (4)); or
                  (B) by a physician who is not a primary care 
                physician in a specialist care scarcity county 
                (as so identified),
        in addition to the amount of payment that would 
        otherwise be made for such services under this part, 
        there also shall be paid an amount equal to 5 percent 
        of the payment amount for the service under this part.
          (2) Determination of ratios of physicians to medicare 
        beneficiaries in area.--Based upon available data, the 
        Secretary shall establish for each county or equivalent 
        area in the United States, the following:
                  (A) Number of physicians practicing in the 
                area.--The number of physicians who furnish 
                physicians' services in the active practice of 
                medicine or osteopathy in that county or area, 
                other than physicians whose practice is 
                exclusively for the Federal Government, 
                physicians who are retired, or physicians who 
                only provide administrative services. Of such 
                number, the number of such physicians who are--
                          (i) primary care physicians; or
                          (ii) physicians who are not primary 
                        care physicians.
                  (B) Number of medicare beneficiaries residing 
                in the area.--The number of individuals who are 
                residing in the county and are entitled to 
                benefits under part A or enrolled under this 
                part, or both (in this subsection referred to 
                as ``individuals'').
                  (C) Determination of ratios.--
                          (i) Primary care ratio.--The ratio 
                        (in this paragraph referred to as the 
                        ``primary care ratio'') of the number 
                        of primary care physicians (determined 
                        under subparagraph (A)(i)), to the 
                        number of individuals determined under 
                        subparagraph (B).
                          (ii) Specialist care ratio.--The 
                        ratio (in this paragraph referred to as 
                        the ``specialist care ratio'') of the 
                        number of other physicians (determined 
                        under subparagraph (A)(ii)), to the 
                        number of individuals determined under 
                        subparagraph (B).
          (3) Ranking of counties.--The Secretary shall rank 
        each such county or area based separately on its 
        primary care ratio and its specialist care ratio.
          (4) Identification of counties.--
                  (A) In general.--The Secretary shall 
                identify--
                          (i) those counties and areas (in this 
                        paragraph referred to as ``primary care 
                        scarcity counties'') with the lowest 
                        primary care ratios that represent, if 
                        each such county or area were weighted 
                        by the number of individuals determined 
                        under paragraph (2)(B), an aggregate 
                        total of 20 percent of the total of the 
                        individuals determined under such 
                        paragraph; and
                          (ii) those counties and areas (in 
                        this subsection referred to as 
                        ``specialist care scarcity counties'') 
                        with the lowest specialist care ratios 
                        that represent, if each such county or 
                        area were weighted by the number of 
                        individuals determined under paragraph 
                        (2)(B), an aggregate total of 20 
                        percent of the total of the individuals 
                        determined under such paragraph.
                  (B) Periodic revisions.--The Secretary shall 
                periodically revise the counties or areas 
                identified in subparagraph (A) (but not less 
                often than once every three years) unless the 
                Secretary determines that there is no new data 
                available on the number of physicians 
                practicing in the county or area or the number 
                of individuals residing in the county or area, 
                as identified in paragraph (2).
                  (C) Identification of counties where service 
                is furnished.--For purposes of paying the 
                additional amount specified in paragraph (1), 
                if the Secretary uses the 5-digit postal ZIP 
                Code where the service is furnished, the 
                dominant county of the postal ZIP Code (as 
                determined by the United States Postal Service, 
                or otherwise) shall be used to determine 
                whether the postal ZIP Code is in a scarcity 
                county identified in subparagraph (A) or 
                revised in subparagraph (B).
                  (D) Special rule.--With respect to 
                physicians' services furnished on or after 
                January 1, 2008, and before July 1, 2008, for 
                purposes of this subsection, the Secretary 
                shall use the primary care scarcity counties 
                and the specialty care scarcity counties (as 
                identified under the preceding provisions of 
                this paragraph) that the Secretary was using 
                under this subsection with respect to 
                physicians' services furnished on December 31, 
                2007.
                  (E) Judicial review.--There shall be no 
                administrative or judicial review under section 
                1869, 1878, or otherwise, respecting--
                          116.(i) the identification of a 
                        county or area;
                          (ii) the assignment of a specialty of 
                        any physician under this paragraph;
                          (iii) the assignment of a physician 
                        to a county under paragraph (2); or
                          (iv) the assignment of a postal ZIP 
                        Code to a county or other area under 
                        this subsection.
          (5) Rural census tracts.--To the extent feasible, the 
        Secretary shall treat a rural census tract of a 
        metropolitan statistical area (as determined under the 
        most recent modification of the Goldsmith Modification, 
        originally published in the Federal Register on 
        February 27, 1992 (57 Fed. Reg. 6725)), as an 
        equivalent area for purposes of qualifying as a primary 
        care scarcity county or specialist care scarcity county 
        under this subsection.
          (6) Physician Defined.--For purposes of this 
        paragraph, the term ``physician'' means a physician 
        described in section 1861(r)(1) and the term ``primary 
        care physician'' means a physician who is identified in 
        the available data as a general practitioner, family 
        practice practitioner, general internist, or 
        obstetrician or gynecologist.
          (7) Publication of list of counties; posting on 
        website.--With respect to a year for which a county or 
        area is identified or revised under paragraph (4), the 
        Secretary shall identify such counties or areas as part 
        of the proposed and final rule to implement the 
        physician fee schedule under section 1848 for the 
        applicable year. The Secretary shall post the list of 
        counties identified or revised under paragraph (4) on 
        the Internet website of the Centers for Medicare & 
        Medicaid Services.
  (v) Increase of FQHC Payment Limits.--In the case of services 
furnished by Federally qualified health centers (as defined in 
section 1861(aa)(4)), the Secretary shall establish payment 
limits with respect to such services under this part for 
services furnished--
          (1) in 2010, at the limits otherwise established 
        under this part for such year increased by $5; and
          (2) in a subsequent year, at the limits established 
        under this subsection for the previous year increased 
        by the percentage increase in the MEI (as defined in 
        section 1842(i)(3)) for such subsequent year.
  (w) Methods of Payment.--The Secretary may develop 
alternative methods of payment for items and services provided 
under clinical trials and comparative effectiveness studies 
sponsored or supported by an agency of the Department of Health 
and Human Services, as determined by the Secretary, to those 
that would otherwise apply under this section, to the extent 
such alternative methods are necessary to preserve the 
scientific validity of such trials or studies, such as in the 
case where masking the identity of interventions from patients 
and investigators is necessary to comply with the particular 
trial or study design.
  (x) Incentive Payments for Primary Care Services.--
          (1) In general.--In the case of primary care services 
        furnished on or after January 1, 2011, and before 
        January 1, 2016, by a primary care practitioner, in 
        addition to the amount of payment that would otherwise 
        be made for such services under this part, there also 
        shall be paid (on a monthly or quarterly basis) an 
        amount equal to 10 percent of the payment amount for 
        the service under this part.
          (2) Definitions.--In this subsection:
                  (A) Primary care practitioner.--The term 
                ``primary care practitioner'' means an 
                individual--
                          (i) who--
                                  (I) is a physician (as 
                                described in section 
                                1861(r)(1)) who has a primary 
                                specialty designation of family 
                                medicine, internal medicine, 
                                geriatric medicine, or 
                                pediatric medicine; or
                                  (II) is a nurse practitioner, 
                                clinical nurse specialist, or 
                                physician assistant (as those 
                                terms are defined in section 
                                1861(aa)(5)); and
                          (ii) for whom primary care services 
                        accounted for at least 60 percent of 
                        the allowed charges under this part for 
                        such physician or practitioner in a 
                        prior period as determined appropriate 
                        by the Secretary.
                  (B) Primary care services.--The term 
                ``primary care services'' means services 
                identified, as of January 1, 2009, by the 
                following HCPCS codes (and as subsequently 
                modified by the Secretary):
                          (i) 99201 through 99215.
                          (ii) 99304 through 99340.
                          (iii) 99341 through 99350.
          (3) Coordination with other payments.--The amount of 
        the additional payment for a service under this 
        subsection and subsection (m) shall be determined 
        without regard to any additional payment for the 
        service under subsection (m) and this subsection, 
        respectively. The amount of the additional payment for 
        a service under this subsection and subsection (z) 
        shall be determined without regard to any additional 
        payment for the service under subsection (z) and this 
        subsection, respectively.
          (4) Limitation on review.--There shall be no 
        administrative or judicial review under section 1869, 
        1878, or otherwise, respecting the identification of 
        primary care practitioners under this subsection.
  (y) Incentive Payments for Major Surgical Procedures 
Furnished in Health Professional Shortage Areas.--
          (1) In general.--In the case of major surgical 
        procedures furnished on or after January 1, 2011, and 
        before January 1, 2016, by a general surgeon in an area 
        that is designated (under section 332(a)(1)(A) of the 
        Public Health Service Act) as a health professional 
        shortage area as identified by the Secretary prior to 
        the beginning of the year involved, in addition to the 
        amount of payment that would otherwise be made for such 
        services under this part, there also shall be paid (on 
        a monthly or quarterly basis) an amount equal to 10 
        percent of the payment amount for the service under 
        this part.
          (2) Definitions.--In this subsection:
                  (A) General surgeon.--In this subsection, the 
                term ``general surgeon'' means a physician (as 
                described in section 1861(r)(1)) who has 
                designated CMS specialty code 02-General 
                Surgery as their primary specialty code in the 
                physician's enrollment under section 1866(j).
                  (B) Major surgical procedures.--The term 
                ``major surgical procedures'' means physicians' 
                services which are surgical procedures for 
                which a 10-day or 90-day global period is used 
                for payment under the fee schedule under 
                section 1848(b).
          (3) Coordination with other payments.--The amount of 
        the additional payment for a service under this 
        subsection and subsection (m) shall be determined 
        without regard to any additional payment for the 
        service under subsection (m) and this subsection, 
        respectively. The amount of the additional payment for 
        a service under this subsection and subsection (z) 
        shall be determined without regard to any additional 
        payment for the service under subsection (z) and this 
        subsection, respectively.
          (4) Application.--The provisions of paragraph (2) and 
        (4) of subsection (m) shall apply to the determination 
        of additional payments under this subsection in the 
        same manner as such provisions apply to the 
        determination of additional payments under subsection 
        (m).
  (z) Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible 
Alternative Payment Models.--
          (1) Payment incentive.--
                  (A) In general.--In the case of covered 
                professional services furnished by an eligible 
                professional during a year that is in the 
                period beginning with 2019 and ending with 2024 
                and for which the professional is a qualifying 
                APM participant with respect to such year, in 
                addition to the amount of payment that would 
                otherwise be made for such covered professional 
                services under this part for such year, there 
                also shall be paid to such professional an 
                amount equal to 5 percent of the estimated 
                aggregate payment amounts for such covered 
                professional services under this part for the 
                preceding year. For purposes of the previous 
                sentence, the payment amount for the preceding 
                year may be an estimation for the full 
                preceding year based on a period of such 
                preceding year that is less than the full year. 
                The Secretary shall establish policies to 
                implement this subparagraph in cases in which 
                payment for covered professional services 
                furnished by a qualifying APM participant in an 
                alternative payment model--
                          (i) is made to an eligible 
                        alternative payment entity rather than 
                        directly to the qualifying APM 
                        participant; or
                          (ii) is made on a basis other than a 
                        fee-for-service basis (such as payment 
                        on a capitated basis).
                  (B) Form of payment.--Payments under this 
                subsection shall be made in a lump sum, on an 
                annual basis, as soon as practicable.
                  (C) Treatment of payment incentive.--Payments 
                under this subsection shall not be taken into 
                account for purposes of determining actual 
                expenditures under an alternative payment model 
                and for purposes of determining or rebasing any 
                benchmarks used under the alternative payment 
                model.
                  (D) Coordination.--The amount of the 
                additional payment under this subsection or 
                subsection (m) shall be determined without 
                regard to any additional payment under 
                subsection (m) and this subsection, 
                respectively. The amount of the additional 
                payment under this subsection or subsection (x) 
                shall be determined without regard to any 
                additional payment under subsection (x) and 
                this subsection, respectively. The amount of 
                the additional payment under this subsection or 
                subsection (y) shall be determined without 
                regard to any additional payment under 
                subsection (y) and this subsection, 
                respectively.
          (2) Qualifying apm participant.--For purposes of this 
        subsection, the term ``qualifying APM participant'' 
        means the following:
                  (A) 2019 and 2020.--With respect to 2019 and 
                2020, an eligible professional for whom the 
                Secretary determines that at least 25 percent 
                of payments under this part for covered 
                professional services furnished by such 
                professional during the most recent period for 
                which data are available (which may be less 
                than a year) were attributable to such services 
                furnished under this part through an eligible 
                alternative payment entity.
                  (B) 2021 and 2022.--With respect to 2021 and 
                2022, an eligible professional described in 
                either of the following clauses:
                          (i) Medicare payment threshold 
                        option.--An eligible professional for 
                        whom the Secretary determines that at 
                        least 50 percent of payments under this 
                        part for covered professional services 
                        furnished by such professional during 
                        the most recent period for which data 
                        are available (which may be less than a 
                        year) were attributable to such 
                        services furnished under this part 
                        through an eligible alternative payment 
                        entity.
                          (ii) Combination all-payer and 
                        medicare payment threshold option.--An 
                        eligible professional--
                                  (I) for whom the Secretary 
                                determines, with respect to 
                                items and services furnished by 
                                such professional during the 
                                most recent period for which 
                                data are available (which may 
                                be less than a year), that at 
                                least 50 percent of the sum 
                                of--
                                          (aa) payments 
                                        described in clause 
                                        (i); and
                                          (bb) all other 
                                        payments, regardless of 
                                        payer (other than 
                                        payments made by the 
                                        Secretary of Defense or 
                                        the Secretary of 
                                        Veterans Affairs and 
                                        other than payments 
                                        made under title XIX in 
                                        a State in which no 
                                        medical home or 
                                        alternative payment 
                                        model is available 
                                        under the State program 
                                        under that title),
                                meet the requirement described 
                                in clause (iii)(I) with respect 
                                to payments described in item 
                                (aa) and meet the requirement 
                                described in clause (iii)(II) 
                                with respect to payments 
                                described in item (bb);
                                  (II) for whom the Secretary 
                                determines at least 25 percent 
                                of payments under this part for 
                                covered professional services 
                                furnished by such professional 
                                during the most recent period 
                                for which data are available 
                                (which may be less than a year) 
                                were attributable to such 
                                services furnished under this 
                                part through an eligible 
                                alternative payment entity; and
                                  (III) who provides to the 
                                Secretary such information as 
                                is necessary for the Secretary 
                                to make a determination under 
                                subclause (I), with respect to 
                                such professional.
                          (iii) Requirement.--For purposes of 
                        clause (ii)(I)--
                                  (I) the requirement described 
                                in this subclause, with respect 
                                to payments described in item 
                                (aa) of such clause, is that 
                                such payments are made to an 
                                eligible alternative payment 
                                entity; and
                                  (II) the requirement 
                                described in this subclause, 
                                with respect to payments 
                                described in item (bb) of such 
                                clause, is that such payments 
                                are made under arrangements in 
                                which--
                                          (aa) quality measures 
                                        comparable to measures 
                                        under the performance 
                                        category described in 
                                        section 
                                        1848(q)(2)(B)(i) apply;
                                          (bb) certified EHR 
                                        technology is used; and
                                          (cc) the eligible 
                                        professional 
                                        participates in an 
                                        entity that--
                                                  (AA) bears 
                                                more than 
                                                nominal 
                                                financial risk 
                                                if actual 
                                                aggregate 
                                                expenditures 
                                                exceeds 
                                                expected 
                                                aggregate 
                                                expenditures; 
                                                or
                                                  (BB) with 
                                                respect to 
                                                beneficiaries 
                                                under title 
                                                XIX, is a 
                                                medical home 
                                                that meets 
                                                criteria 
                                                comparable to 
                                                medical homes 
                                                expanded under 
                                                section 
                                                1115A(c).
                  (C) Beginning in 2023.--With respect to 2023 
                and each subsequent year, an eligible 
                professional described in either of the 
                following clauses:
                          (i) Medicare payment threshold 
                        option.--An eligible professional for 
                        whom the Secretary determines that at 
                        least 75 percent of payments under this 
                        part for covered professional services 
                        furnished by such professional during 
                        the most recent period for which data 
                        are available (which may be less than a 
                        year) were attributable to such 
                        services furnished under this part 
                        through an eligible alternative payment 
                        entity.
                          (ii) Combination all-payer and 
                        medicare payment threshold option.--An 
                        eligible professional--
                                  (I) for whom the Secretary 
                                determines, with respect to 
                                items and services furnished by 
                                such professional during the 
                                most recent period for which 
                                data are available (which may 
                                be less than a year), that at 
                                least 75 percent of the sum 
                                of--
                                          (aa) payments 
                                        described in clause 
                                        (i); and
                                          (bb) all other 
                                        payments, regardless of 
                                        payer (other than 
                                        payments made by the 
                                        Secretary of Defense or 
                                        the Secretary of 
                                        Veterans Affairs and 
                                        other than payments 
                                        made under title XIX in 
                                        a State in which no 
                                        medical home or 
                                        alternative payment 
                                        model is available 
                                        under the State program 
                                        under that title),
                                meet the requirement described 
                                in clause (iii)(I) with respect 
                                to payments described in item 
                                (aa) and meet the requirement 
                                described in clause (iii)(II) 
                                with respect to payments 
                                described in item (bb);
                                  (II) for whom the Secretary 
                                determines at least 25 percent 
                                of payments under this part for 
                                covered professional services 
                                furnished by such professional 
                                during the most recent period 
                                for which data are available 
                                (which may be less than a year) 
                                were attributable to such 
                                services furnished under this 
                                part through an eligible 
                                alternative payment entity; and
                                  (III) who provides to the 
                                Secretary such information as 
                                is necessary for the Secretary 
                                to make a determination under 
                                subclause (I), with respect to 
                                such professional.
                          (iii) Requirement.--For purposes of 
                        clause (ii)(I)--
                                  (I) the requirement described 
                                in this subclause, with respect 
                                to payments described in item 
                                (aa) of such clause, is that 
                                such payments are made to an 
                                eligible alternative payment 
                                entity; and
                                  (II) the requirement 
                                described in this subclause, 
                                with respect to payments 
                                described in item (bb) of such 
                                clause, is that such payments 
                                are made under arrangements in 
                                which--
                                          (aa) quality measures 
                                        comparable to measures 
                                        under the performance 
                                        category described in 
                                        section 
                                        1848(q)(2)(B)(i) apply;
                                          (bb) certified EHR 
                                        technology is used; and
                                          (cc) the eligible 
                                        professional 
                                        participates in an 
                                        entity that--
                                                  (AA) bears 
                                                more than 
                                                nominal 
                                                financial risk 
                                                if actual 
                                                aggregate 
                                                expenditures 
                                                exceeds 
                                                expected 
                                                aggregate 
                                                expenditures; 
                                                or
                                                  (BB) with 
                                                respect to 
                                                beneficiaries 
                                                under title 
                                                XIX, is a 
                                                medical home 
                                                that meets 
                                                criteria 
                                                comparable to 
                                                medical homes 
                                                expanded under 
                                                section 
                                                1115A(c).
                  (D) Use of patient approach.--The Secretary 
                may base the determination of whether an 
                eligible professional is a qualifying APM 
                participant under this subsection and the 
                determination of whether an eligible 
                professional is a partial qualifying APM 
                participant under section 1848(q)(1)(C)(iii) by 
                using counts of patients in lieu of using 
                payments and using the same or similar 
                percentage criteria (as specified in this 
                subsection and such section, respectively), as 
                the Secretary determines appropriate.
          (3) Additional definitions.--In this subsection:
                  (A) Covered professional services.--The term 
                ``covered professional services'' has the 
                meaning given that term in section 
                1848(k)(3)(A).
                  (B) Eligible professional.--The term 
                ``eligible professional'' has the meaning given 
                that term in section 1848(k)(3)(B) and includes 
                a group that includes such professionals.
                  (C) Alternative payment model (apm).--The 
                term ``alternative payment model'' means, other 
                than for purposes of subparagraphs 
                (B)(ii)(I)(bb) and (C)(ii)(I)(bb) of paragraph 
                (2), any of the following:
                          (i) A model under section 1115A 
                        (other than a health care innovation 
                        award).
                          (ii) The shared savings program under 
                        section 1899.
                          (iii) A demonstration under section 
                        1866C.
                          (iv) A demonstration required by 
                        Federal law.
                  (D) Eligible alternative payment entity.--The 
                term ``eligible alternative payment entity'' 
                means, with respect to a year, an entity that--
                          (i) participates in an alternative 
                        payment model that--
                                  (I) requires participants in 
                                such model to use certified EHR 
                                technology (as defined in 
                                subsection (o)(4)); and
                                  (II) provides for payment for 
                                covered professional services 
                                based on quality measures 
                                comparable to measures under 
                                the performance category 
                                described in section 
                                1848(q)(2)(B)(i); and
                          (ii)(I) bears financial risk for 
                        monetary losses under such alternative 
                        payment model that are in excess of a 
                        nominal amount; or
                          (II) is a medical home expanded under 
                        section 1115A(c).
          (4) Limitation.--There shall be no administrative or 
        judicial review under section 1869, 1878, or otherwise, 
        of the following:
                  (A) The determination that an eligible 
                professional is a qualifying APM participant 
                under paragraph (2) and the determination that 
                an entity is an eligible alternative payment 
                entity under paragraph (3)(D).
                  (B) The determination of the amount of the 5 
                percent payment incentive under paragraph 
                (1)(A), including any estimation as part of 
                such determination.
  (z) Medical Review of Spinal Subluxation Services.--
          (1) In general.--The Secretary shall implement a 
        process for the medical review (as described in 
        paragraph (2)) of treatment by a chiropractor described 
        in section 1861(r)(5) by means of manual manipulation 
        of the spine to correct a subluxation (as described in 
        such section) of an individual who is enrolled under 
        this part and apply such process to such services 
        furnished on or after January 1, 2017, focusing on 
        services such as--
                  (A) services furnished by a such a 
                chiropractor whose pattern of billing is 
                aberrant compared to peers; and
                  (B) services furnished by such a chiropractor 
                who, in a prior period, has a services denial 
                percentage in the 85th percentile or greater, 
                taking into consideration the extent that 
                service denials are overturned on appeal.
          (2) Medical review.--
                  (A) Prior authorization medical review.--
                          (i) In general.--Subject to clause 
                        (ii), the Secretary shall use prior 
                        authorization medical review for 
                        services described in paragraph (1) 
                        that are furnished to an individual by 
                        a chiropractor described in section 
                        1861(r)(5) that are part of an episode 
                        of treatment that includes more than 12 
                        services. For purposes of the preceding 
                        sentence, an episode of treatment shall 
                        be determined by the underlying cause 
                        that justifies the need for services, 
                        such as a diagnosis code.
                          (ii) Ending application of prior 
                        authorization medical review.--The 
                        Secretary shall end the application of 
                        prior authorization medical review 
                        under clause (i) to services described 
                        in paragraph (1) by such a chiropractor 
                        if the Secretary determines that the 
                        chiropractor has a low denial rate 
                        under such prior authorization medical 
                        review. The Secretary may subsequently 
                        reapply prior authorization medical 
                        review to such chiropractor if the 
                        Secretary determines it to be 
                        appropriate and the chiropractor has, 
                        in the time period subsequent to the 
                        determination by the Secretary of a low 
                        denial rate with respect to the 
                        chiropractor, furnished such services 
                        described in paragraph (1).
                          (iii) Early request for prior 
                        authorization review permitted.--
                        Nothing in this subsection shall be 
                        construed to prevent such a 
                        chiropractor from requesting prior 
                        authorization for services described in 
                        paragraph (1) that are to be furnished 
                        to an individual before the 
                        chiropractor furnishes the twelfth such 
                        service to such individual for an 
                        episode of treatment.
                  (B) Type of review.--The Secretary may use 
                pre-payment review or post-payment review of 
                services described in section 1861(r)(5) that 
                are not subject to prior authorization medical 
                review under subparagraph (A).
                  (C) Relationship to law enforcement 
                activities.--The Secretary may determine that 
                medical review under this subsection does not 
                apply in the case where potential fraud may be 
                involved.
          (3) No payment without prior authorization.--With 
        respect to a service described in paragraph (1) for 
        which prior authorization medical review under this 
        subsection applies, the following shall apply:
                  (A) Prior authorization determination.--The 
                Secretary shall make a determination, prior to 
                the service being furnished, of whether the 
                service would or would not meet the applicable 
                requirements of section 1862(a)(1)(A).
                  (B) Denial of payment.--Subject to paragraph 
                (5), no payment may be made under this part for 
                the service unless the Secretary determines 
                pursuant to subparagraph (A) that the service 
                would meet the applicable requirements of such 
                section 1862(a)(1)(A).
          (4) Submission of information.--A chiropractor 
        described in section 1861(r)(5) may submit the 
        information necessary for medical review by fax, by 
        mail, or by electronic means. The Secretary shall make 
        available the electronic means described in the 
        preceding sentence as soon as practicable.
          (5) Timeliness.--If the Secretary does not make a 
        prior authorization determination under paragraph 
        (3)(A) within 14 business days of the date of the 
        receipt of medical documentation needed to make such 
        determination, paragraph (3)(B) shall not apply.
          (6) Application of limitation on beneficiary 
        liability.--Where payment may not be made as a result 
        of the application of paragraph (2)(B), section 1879 
        shall apply in the same manner as such section applies 
        to a denial that is made by reason of section 
        1862(a)(1).
          (7) Review by contractors.--The medical review 
        described in paragraph (2) may be conducted by medicare 
        administrative contractors pursuant to section 
        1874A(a)(4)(G) or by any other contractor determined 
        appropriate by the Secretary that is not a recovery 
        audit contractor.
          (8) Multiple services.--The Secretary shall, where 
        practicable, apply the medical review under this 
        subsection in a manner so as to allow an individual 
        described in paragraph (1) to obtain, at a single time 
        rather than on a service-by-service basis, an 
        authorization in accordance with paragraph (3)(A) for 
        multiple services.
          (9) Construction.--With respect to a service 
        described in paragraph (1) that has been affirmed by 
        medical review under this subsection, nothing in this 
        subsection shall be construed to preclude the 
        subsequent denial of a claim for such service that does 
        not meet other applicable requirements under this Act.
          (10) Implementation.--
                  (A) Authority.--The Secretary may implement 
                the provisions of this subsection by interim 
                final rule with comment period.
                  (B) Administration.--Chapter 35 of title 44, 
                United States Code, shall not apply to medical 
                review under this subsection.

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                            DISSENTING VIEWS

    H.R. 5804 would increase reimbursement for certain 
interventional pain injections in the Ambulatory Surgery Center 
(ASC) setting under Medicare. This legislation is not an 
effective or judicious use of taxpayer dollars, and would not 
have a meaningful impact on the opioid crisis. Moreover, this 
bill could do more harm than good, as there is limited evidence 
for the efficacy of these epidural injections in reducing pain 
or improving function, and a risk of rare but very serious side 
effects.
    The legislation freezes reimbursement levels for six types 
of back and neck injections at 2016 levels for five years. The 
codes include HCPCS 62264, 64490, 62321, 62323, 64493, and 
G0260. In general, these injections involve administering 
corticosteroids via injections into various parts of the spine 
(the lumbar/sacral region, cervical/thoracic region, 
paravertebral facet joints, and sacroiliac regions), and are 
used for the treatment of back and neck pain with or without 
radiculopathy (sciatica), spinal stenosis, facet joint pain, 
and sacroiliac joint pain.
    Supporters of H.R. 5804 have provided no evidence that 
increasing reimbursement for these injections will reduce 
opioid prescribing. In fact, one study of patients in the 
Department of Veteran's Affairs found that patients who 
received multiple epidural steroid injections were actually 
more likely to start taking opioids and undergo lumbar surgery 
within six months after treatment with these injections.\1\ 
Moreover, the use of these spinal injections has increased by 
several hundred percent over the same time period that the 
opioid epidemic has exploded, indicating that the belief that 
this legislation will somehow reduce opioid prescribing in the 
Medicare population is misplaced.\2\
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    \1\Janna Friedly et. al, The relationship between repeated epidural 
steroid injections and subsequent opioid use and lumbar surgery, 
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Jun 2008).
    \2\Janna Friedly, Leighton Chan, and Richard Deyo, Geographic 
variation in epidural steroid injection use in Medicare patients, 
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Aug 2008) (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
articles/PMC2657306); Laxmaiah Manchikanti et. al, Utilization of 
Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain In Medicare 
Population from 2000 to 2014: An Analysis of Patterns of Utilization, 
Pain Physician (May/June 2016).
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    Additionally, there is limited evidence that these 
injections are effective in alleviating pain or improving 
function. Large-scale scientific reviews of these 
corticosteroid injections have concluded that they are not 
efficacious in treating most forms of back pain, and are not 
currently recommended except for in patients with 
radiculopathy.\3\ There also appears to be insufficient 
evidence to support the effectiveness of corticosteroid 
injections for sacroiliac joint pain, facet joint pain,\4\ and 
cervical pain.\5\ In contrast, there are non-invasive and non-
opioid modalities of treatment for back pain that have 
demonstrated beneficial effects, including the use of non-
steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen or 
naproxen, acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation, and 
physical therapy.\6\
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    \3\Nadine e. Foster et. al., Prevention and treatment of low back 
pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions, The Lancet (Mar. 
2018); The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Pain Management 
Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain (Jul 10, 2015). (www.cms.gov/
Medicare/Coverage/DeterminationProcess/Downloads/id98TA.pdf); American 
Academy of Neurology, Use of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat 
Radicular Lumbosacral Pain, Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for 
Clinicians (2007) (www.aan.com/Guidelines/home/GetGuidelineContent/
250). Richard Deyo, et. al., Overtreating Chronic Back Pain: Time to 
Back Off?, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Jan/Feb 
2009); J. Bart Staal et. al., Injection therapy for subacute and 
chronic low-back pain, Cochrane Back and Neck Group (July 2008).
    \4\The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Pain Management 
Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain (July 2015)
    \5\Steven P. Cohen et. al, Epidural Steroid Injections, 
Conservative Treatment, or Combination Treatment for Cervical Radicular 
Pain: A Multicenter, Randomized, Comparative-effectiveness Study, 
Anesthesiology (Nov. 2014); American Academy of Neurology, Use of 
Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Radicular Lumbosacral Pain, 
Summary of Evidence-based Guideline for Clinicians (2007) (www.aan.com/
Guidelines/home/GetGuidelineContent/250).
    \6\Amir Quaseem et. al, Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, 
and Chronic low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the 
American College of Physicians, (Apr. 4, 2017); Chou R. et al. Systemic 
Pharmacologic Therapies for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review for an 
American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline. Annals of 
Internal Medicine. (Apr. 4, 2017) (http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/
2603229/systemic-pharmacologic-therapies-low-back-pain-systematic-
review-american-college); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 
Noninvasive Treatments for Back Pain: Systematic Review (Feb. 29, 
2016); Allen Last, Chronic Low Back Pain: Evaluation and Management, 
American Family Physician (June 2009).
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    Finally, although side effects associated with these 
epidural injections are rare, they are potentially serious. In 
fact, in 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a 
safety warning on the use of epidural injections, citing 
serious adverse events, such as ``loss of vision, stroke, 
paralysis, and meningitis,'' associated with their use.\7\ FDA 
also warned that ``The effectiveness and safety of injection of 
corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine have not 
been established.
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    \7\Food and Drug Administration, FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA 
requires label changes to warn of rare but serious neurologic problems 
after epidural corticosteroid injections for pain (Apr. 23, 2014) 
(www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm394280.htm)
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    Supporters of H.R. 5804 have argued that we need to do more 
to incentivize non-opioid alternatives for pain management. 
This is an important goal. However, Congress should not pick 
six HCPCS codes, for a set of injections performed solely at 
ASCs that may not be evidence-based, and hard wire the 
reimbursement rate for those codes in statute to accomplish 
this. At the Full Committee mark-up, Representative Peter Welch 
offered a better alternative, which would require the Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct a 
comprehensive review of the Outpatient Prospective Payment 
System (OPPS) and examine whether there are financial 
disincentives to use non-opioid alternatives for pain 
management, vis-a-vis opioid therapies. The agency would be 
required to do this systematically, and examine all the 
evidence-based non-opioid alternatives for pain management that 
are currently on the market. The agency would then be empowered 
to make revisions to the OPPS to reduce any payment incentives 
to use opioids instead of non-opioid alternatives. This is how 
we should address the potential problem that the bill's 
sponsors have raised, rather than Congress picking and choosing 
winners. Unfortunately, the amendment failed on a roll call 
vote.
    While it is important that Congress find ways to promote 
non-opioid therapies that will reduce opioid prescribing, this 
legislation endorses and incentivizes interventions that have 
limited evidence to support them. Congress should not be 
privileging these therapies over others.
                                        Frank Pallone, Jr.,
                                                    Ranking Member.