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Medicare Program And Alzheimer’s Disease Research Highlight This Week’s Health Care-Related Legislation

posted by Rachad Davis

on July 11, 2016

Heading into the weekend, policymakers proposed legislation that included establishing programs aimed at curbing prescription opioid abuse and expanding Medicare Advantage coverage for patients with end-stage renal disease.

House:

H.R. 5613, Lynn Jenkins, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016

H.R. 5614, Joseph Crowley, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a change in Medicare classification for certain hospitals

H.R.5626, Markwayne Mullin, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to eliminate the requirement for 3 months of retroactive coverage under the Medicaid program

H.R.5645 , Steve Israel, to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for Alzheimer’s disease research

H.R. 5652, Diane Black, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for coverage by high deductible health plans of medical management of a chronic disease without deductible

H.R. 5655, Matt Cartwright, to establish programs related to prevention of prescription opioid misuse, and for other purposes

H.R. 5659, Jason Smith, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to expanding Medicare Advantage coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

H.R. 5667, Lynn Jenkins, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on services furnished by Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics

H.R. 5681, Linda Sanchez, to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test the efficacy of providing Alzheimer’s Disease caregiver support services in delaying or reducing the use of institutionalized care for Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia

Senate:

S.3126, Angus King, to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 respecting the scoring of preventive health savings

S.3129, John Thune, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016.

S.3130, Edward Markey, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a permanent Independence at Home medical practice program under the Medicare program

S.3137, Shelley Moore Capito, to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test the efficacy of providing Alzheimer’s Disease caregiver support services in delaying or reducing the use of institutionalized care for Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia