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Page_white_text S338: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure and foster continued patient quality of care by establishing facility and patient criteria for long-term care hospitals and related improvements under the Medicare program    [0 comments]
  • Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to prescribe requirements for a long-term care hospital (LTCH) and patient criteria for prospective payment to an LTCH.
  • Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to: (1) determine a list of medical conditions associated with a high severity of illness of patients who are appropriate for treatment in long-term care hospitals, as indicated by the presence of clinical comorbidities in accordance with a methodology specified by the Secretary; and (2) study and report to Congress on appropriate quality measures for Medicare beneficiaries receiving care in LTCHs.
  • Directs the Secretary to choose three quality measures from the study for LTCHs to report.
  • Amends the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 to require annual updates of LTCH base rates and wage indices and the reweighting of LTCH-DRGs.
  • Prohibits the Secretary from extending application of the 25% (or applicable percentage) patient threshold payment adjustment to freestanding LTCHs.
  • Directs the Secretary to permit up to 75% of the discharged Medicare inpatient population: (1) of an applicable hospital to be admitted from a co-located urban single or co-located MSA dominant hospital without adjustment to the hospital's LTCH prospective payment system payment in a specified manner; and (2) of an applicable hospital located in a rural area to be admitted from a co-located hospital without such an adjustment, either.
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WorldS338 at GovTrack BookS338 at the Library of Congress
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North Dakota
http://conrad.senate.gov

Co-Sponsors
Sen. Byron Dorgan [D, ND]
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT]
Sen. Tim Johnson [D, SD]
Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR]
Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA]
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA]
Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR]
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