P.L. 98–369, Approved July 18, 1984 (98 Stat. 494)

Deficit Reduction Act of 1984

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Sec. 2303. 

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(h) [42 U.S.C. 1395u note]  The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall simplify the procedures under section 1842 of the Social Security Act with respect to claims and payments for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests so as to reduce unnecessary paperwork while assuring that sufficient information is supplied to identify instances of fraud and abuse.

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PACEMAKER REIMBURSEMENT REVIEW AND REFORM

Sec. 2304. [42 U.S.C. 1395l note] (a)(1)  The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall issue revisions to the current guidelines for the payment under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act for the transtelephonic monitoring of cardiac pacemakers. Such revised guidelines shall include provisions regarding the specifications for and frequency of transtelephonic monitoring procedures which will be found to be reasonable and necessary.

(2)(A)  Except as provided in subparagraph (B), if the guidelines required by paragraph (1) have not been issued and put into effect by October 1, 1984, and until such guidelines have been issued and put into effect, payment may not be made under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act for transtelephonic monitoring procedures, with respect to a single-chamber cardiac pacemaker powered by lithium batteries, conducted more frequently than—

(i)  weekly during the first month after implantation,

(ii)  once every two months during the period representing 80 percent of the estimated life of the implanted device, and

(iii)  monthly thereafter.

(B)  Subparagraph (A) shall not apply in cases where the Secretary determines that special medical factors (including possible evidence of pacemaker or lead malfunction) justify more frequent transtelephonic monitoring procedures.

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LESSER OF COST OR CHARGES

Sec. 2308. 

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(b) [42 U.S.C. 1395f note] (1)  For purposes of applying the nominality test under sections 1814(b)(2) and 1833(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Social Security Act, the Secretary shall, in addition to those rules for establishing nominality which the Secretary determines to be appropriate, provide that charges representing 60 percent or less of costs shall be considered nominal. The charges used in making such determinations shall be the charges actually billed to charge-paying patients who are not entitled to benefits under either part of such title. Such determination shall be made separately with respect to payments for services under part A and services under part B of such title (other than clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under section 1833(h)), or on the basis of inpatient and outpatient services, except that the determination need not be made separately for home health services if the Secretary finds that such separation is not appropriate.

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PAYMENT FOR COSTS OF HOSPITAL-BASED MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE UNITS

Sec. 2320. [ 42 U.S.C. 1395b-1 note]  In the case of a project described in subsection (b), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide, except as provided in paragraph (2), that the amount of payments to hospitals covered under the project during the period described in paragraph (3) shall include payments for their operation of hospital-based mobile intensive care units (as defined by State statute) if the State provides satisfactory assurances that the total amount of payments to such hospitals under titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act under the demonstration project (including any such additional amount of payment) would not exceed the total amount of payments which would have been paid under such titles if the demonstration project were not in effect.

(2)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply if the State in which the project is located notifies the Secretary, within 30 days after the date of the enactment of this section, that the State does not want paragraph (1) to apply to that project.

(3)  The period referred to in paragraph (1) begins on the date of the enactment of this section and continues so long as the Secretary continues the Statewide[172] waiver referred to in subsection (b), but in no case ends earlier than 90 days after the date final regulations to implement section 1886(c) of the Social Security Act are published.

(b)  The project referred to in subsection (a) is the statewide[173] demonstration project established in the State of New Jersey under section 402 of the Social Security Amendments of 1967, as amended by section 222(b) of the Social Security Amendments of 1972 (Public Law 92-603), which project provides for payments to hospitals in the State on a prospective basis and related to a classification of patients by diagnosis-related groups.

(c)  Payment for services described in this section shall be considered to be payments for services under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

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Sec. 2323. 

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(e) [42 U.S.C. 1395l note]  The Secretary shall monitor the provision of hepatitis B vaccine under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and shall review any changes in medical technology which may have an effect on the amounts which should be paid for such service.

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PAYMENT FOR DEBRIDEMENT OF MYCOTIC TOENAILS

Sec. 2325. [42 U.S.C. 1395y note]  The Secretary shall provide, pursuant to section 1862(a) of the Social Security Act, that payment will not be made under part B of title XVIII of such Act for a physician’s debridement of mycotic toenails to the extent such debridement is performed for a patient more frequently than once every 60 days, unless the medical necessity for more frequent treatment is documented by the billing physician.

CONTRACTS FOR MEDICARE CLAIMS PROCESSING

Sec. 2326. [42 U.S.C. 1395h note] (a)  During each fiscal year (beginning with fiscal year 1985 and ending with fiscal year 1993), the Secretary of Health and Human Services may enter into not more than two agreements under section 1816 of the Social Security Act, and not more than two contracts under section 1842 of such Act, on the basis of competitive bidding, without regard to the nominating process under section 1816(a) of such Act or cost reimbursement provisions under sections 1816(c) or 1842(c) of such Act during the term of the agreement. Such procedure may be used only for the purpose of replacing an agency or organization or carrier which over a 2-year period of time has been in the lowest 20th percentile of agencies and organizations or carriers having agreements or contracts under the respective section, as measured by the Secretary’s cost and performance criteria. In addition, beginning with fiscal year 1990 and any subsequent year the Secretary may enter into such additional agreements and contracts without regard to such cost reimbursement provisions if the fiscal intermediary or carrier involved and the Secretary agree to waive such provisions, but the Secretary may not take any action that has the effect of requiring that the intermediary or carrier agree to waive such provisions, including requiring such a waiver as a condition for entering into or renewing such an agreement or contract. Any agency or organization or carrier selected on the basis of competitive bidding must perform all of the duties listed in section 1816(a) of such Act, or the duties listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 1842(a) of such Act, as the case may be, and must be a health insuring organization (as determined by the Secretary).

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WAIVERS FOR SOCIAL HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS

Sec. 2355. [None Assigned] (a)  In the case of a project described in subsection (b), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall approve, with appropriate terms and conditions as defined by the Secretary, applications or protocols submitted for waivers described in subsection (c), and the evaluation of such protocols, in order to carry out such project. Such approval shall be effected not later than 30 days after the date on which the application or protocol for a waiver is submitted or not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act in the case of an application or protocol submitted before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)  A project referred to in subsection (a) is a project—

(1)  to demonstrate the concept of a social health maintenance organization with the organizations as described in Project No. 18-P-9 7604/1—04 of the University Health Policy Consortium of Brandeis University;

(2)  which provides for the integration of health and social services under the direct financial management of a provider of services;

(3)  under which all medicare services will be provided by or under arrangements made by the organization at a fixed annual prepaid capitation rate for medicare of 100 percent of the adjusted average per capita cost;

(4)  under which medicaid services will be provided at a rate approved by the Secretary;

(5)  under which all payors will share risk for no more than two years, with the organization being at full risk in the third year and in succeeding years;

(6)  which is being provided funds under a grant provided by the Secretary of Health and Human Services; and

(7)  with respect to which substantial private funds are being provided other than under the grant referred to in paragraph (5).

(c)  The waivers referred to in subsection (a) are appropriate waivers of—

(1)  certain requirements of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, pursuant to section 402(a) of the Social Security Amendments of 1967 (as amended by section 222 of the Social Security Amendments of 1972); and

(2)  certain requirements of title XIX of the Social Security Act, pursuant to section 1115 of such Act.

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Sec. 2601. 

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(c) [42 U.S.C. 410 note]  For purposes of section 210(a)(5)(G) of the Social Security Act and section 3121(b)(5)(G) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, an individual shall not be considered to be subject to subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5, United States Code, or to another retirement system established by a law of the United States for employees of the Federal Government (other than for members of the uniformed services), if he is contributing a reduced amount by reason of the Federal Employees’ Retirement Contribution Temporary Adjustment Act of 1983.

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(e) [42 U.S.C. 410 note]  (1) For purposes of section 210(a)(5) of the Social Security Act (as in effect in January 1983 and as in effect on and after January 1, 1984) and section 3121(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (as so in effect), service performed in the employ of a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by an employee who is required by law to be subject to subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5, United States Code, with respect to such service, shall be considered to be service performed in the employ of an instrumentality of the United States.

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[Internal References.—SSAct Titles XVIII and XVIII Part B headings and §§210(a), 1814(b) and 1853(a) have footnotes referring to P.L. 98-369.]



[172]  As in original. Capitalization questionable.

[173]  As in original. Capitalization questionable.