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This Week On The Hill: Rural Health Care And Long-Term Care

posted by Rachad Davis

on July 15, 2016

While the American public and press react to Donald Trump’s VP pick, numerous pieces of health care-related legislation are working their way through Congress. This week, newly introduced bills focused on areas such patient care networks, surgical health professional shortage areas, and the promotion of healthy eating among children.

House:

H.R.5688, Tom Price, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a temporary exception to the application of the Medicare long-term care hospital site neutral provisions for certain spinal cord specialty hospitals

H.R.5689, Christopher Gibson, to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and supports, and for other purposes

H.R. 5712, Luke Messer, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to flatline the individual mandate penalty

H.R. 5713, Patrick Tiberi, to provide for the extension of certain long-term care hospital Medicare payment rules, clarify the application of rules on the calculation of hospital length of stay to certain moratorium-excepted long-term care hospitals, and for other purposes

H.R. 5717, Leonard Lance, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve collection of Medicaid data and to expand coverage of tobacco cessation services to mothers of newborns

H.R. 5721, Lynn Jenkins, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act in order to improve the process whereby Medicare administrative contractors issue local coverage determinations under the Medicare program, and other purposes

H.R. 5723, Sander Levin, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a temporary exception to the site neutral payment rate for certain discharges from long-term care hospitals that involve severe wounds

H.R. 5746, Suzan DelBene, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit wellness programs from sharing personally identifiable information related to individuals’ use of or prescriptions for contraceptives

H.R. 5763, Larry Bucshon, to clarify the treatment of certain DNA Specimen Provenance Assay tests as reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness for coverage under the Medicare program

H.R. 5767, Thomas MacArthur, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes

H.R. 5770, Kathleen Rice, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide a dental insurance plan to veterans and survivors and dependents of veterans

H.R. 5772, Raul Ruiz, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a system to educate individuals approaching Medicare eligibility, to simplify and modernize the eligibility enrollment process, and to provide for additional assistance for complaints and requests of Medicare beneficiaries that relate to their enrollment in the Medicare program, and for other purposes

H.R. 5799, Lynn Jenkins, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and Federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program

H.R. 5837, Alcee Hastings, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion from medical assistance under the Medicaid program of items and services furnished in an institution for mental diseases in the case of inpatient, non-hospital substance use disorder treatment facility services furnished for nonelderly adults

H.R. 5841, Mike Kelly, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a population based payment demonstration project under which Patient Care Networks are paid prospective monthly capitated payments for coordinated care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries

H.R. 5845, John Larson, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on the production and importation of opioid pain relievers, and for other purposes

H.R. 5855, Sean Patrick Maloney, to provide a requirement to improve data collection efforts

H.R. 5856, Sean Patrick Maloney, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow sole proprietors and the spouses and domestic partners of sole proprietors to purchase insurance on the small business exchange, and for other purposes

H.R. 5858, Michael McCaul, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a program to provide additional incentives for the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers, and for other purposes

H.R. 5868, Markwayne Mullin, to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from using any type of fee collected to advertise or market Exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

H.R. 5880, Cedric Richmond, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to prohibit inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards, and for other purposes

H.R. 5902, Paul Tonko, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a temporary higher Federal medical assistance percentage for Federal expenditures under the Medicaid program that are associated with the cost of compliance with certain Federal regulations with respect to services furnished in certain intermediate care facilities or home and community-based services furnished to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

H.R. 5903, Chris Van Hollen, to establish the Transition to Independence demonstration program

H.R. 5904, Mark Walker, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to deposit certain funds into the general fund of the Treasury in accordance with provisions of Federal law with regard to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Transitional Reinsurance Program

Senate:

S. 3166, Charles Grassley, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the designation of surgical health professional shortage areas

S. 3173, John Thune, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a 90-day EHR reporting period for the determination of whether an eligible professional or eligible hospital is a meaningful EHR user and to remove the all-or-nothing approach to meaningful use, and for other purposes

S. 3176, Sherrod Brown, to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance efforts to address antibiotic resistance, and for other purposes

S. 3178, Robert Menendez, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit hospitals in all-urban States to be considered Medicare dependent hospitals, and for other purposes

S. 3189, Al Franken, to improve access to health care in rural areas, and for other purposes

3190, Al Franken, to enhance the rural health workforce, and for other purposes

S. 3191, Al Franken, to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve the quality of health care furnished in rural areas, and for other purposes

S. 3194, Cory Booker, to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children

S. 3195, Bill Cassidy, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve Medicare beneficiary access to ventilators, and for other purposes

S. 3209, Amy Klobuchar, to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs and to facilitate information sharing among states

S. 3211, John Cornyn, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency, and for other purposes

S. 3218, Roger Wicker, to remove the limitation on certain amounts for which large non-rural hospitals may be reimbursed under the Healthcare Connect Fund of the Federal Communications Commission, and for

S. 3223, Patty Murray, to increase funding to reduce opioid use disorders and overdose, and for other purposes

S. 3236, Robert Casey, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a system to educate individuals approaching Medicare eligibility, to simplify and modernize the eligibility enrollment process, and to provide for additional assistance for complaints and requests of Medicare beneficiaries that relate to their enrollment in the Medicare program, and for other purposes

S. 3239, Michael Bennet, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a program to provide additional incentives for the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers, and for other purposes

S. 3242, Kelly Ayotte, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide the opportunity for responsible health savings to all American families

S. 3245, Jeff Merkley, to amend title VIII of the Public Health Service Act to extend advanced education nursing grants to support clinical nurse specialist programs, and for other purposes

S. 3251, Tom Cotton, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption to the individual mandate to maintain health coverage for certain individuals whose premium has increased by more than 10 percent, and for other purposes

S. 3280, Bill Cassidy, to provide for a Public Health Emergency Fund, and for other purposes

S.J.Res. 37, Lamar Alexander, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule relating to the extent to which an employer may offer an inducement to an employee for the employee’s spouse to provide information about the spouse’s manifestation of disease or disorder in connection with an employer-sponsored wellness program

S.J.Res. 38, Lamar Alexander, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule relating to the extent to which employers may use incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs that ask the employees to respond to disability-related inquiries or undergo medical examinations