Legislative Digest: Doc Fix Legislation

H.R. 4302
Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Sponsor Rep. Pitts, Joe
Committee Energy and Commerce
Date March 27, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)
Staff Contact Kimberly Betz

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4302 was introduced on March 26, 2014 by Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), Chairman, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

H.R. 4302 repeals the current 24 percent cut in reimbursements for physicians treating Medicare patients set to take effect on April 1, 2014 and replaces it with a .5 percent update through December 31, 2014 and a zero percent update from January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015.

In addition, the bill will extend: the Medicare Geographic Cost Price Index (GPCI) floor through March 31, 2015; the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process through March 31, 2015; the increased Medicare rates for ambulances services, including those in super rural areas, through March 31, 2015; Medicare low volume hospital payments and Medicare-dependent hospital payments for one year; Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNP) for one year; funding for the National Quality Forum (NQF) through March 31, 2015; outreach and assistance for low income programs including the State Health Insurance Counseling programs, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and the National Center for Benefits outreach and enrollment, and the CMS “probe and educate” program. H.R. 4302 allows Medicare cost contracts to continue to operate through December 31, 2015 in an area where at least two Medicare Advantage coordinated care plans operate, and makes technical corrections to the long term acute care hospitals (LTCH).

Continue reading here: http://www.gop.gov/bill/113/2/hr4302

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