P.L. 111–309, Approved December 15, 2010 (124 Stat. 3285)

Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010

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SECTION 1. [42 U.S.C. 1305 note]  SHORT TITLE.

(a)  This Act may be cited as the “Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010”.

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SEC. 102 [42 U.S.C. 1395ww note]  EXTENSION OF MMA SECTION 508 RECLASSIFICATIONS.

(a)  Extension.—

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(2) Special rule for fiscal year 2011.—

(A)  In general.—Subject to subparagraph (B), for purposes of implementation of the amendment made by paragraph (1), including (notwithstanding paragraph (3) of section 117(a) of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (Public Law 110–173), as amended by section 124(b) of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–275)) for purposes of the implementation of paragraph (2) of such section 117(a), during fiscal year 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall use the hospital wage index that was promulgated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on August 16, 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 50042), and any subsequent corrections.

(B)  Exception.—Beginning on April 1, 2011, in determining the wage index applicable to hospitals that qualify for wage index reclassification, the Secretary shall include the average hourly wage data of hospitals whose reclassification was extended pursuant to the amendment made by paragraph (1) only if including such data results in a higher applicable reclassified wage index. Any revision to hospital wage indexes made as a result of this subparagraph shall not be effected in a budget neutral manner.

(3)  Adjustment for certain hospitals in fiscal year 2011.—

(A)  In general.—In the case of a subsection (d) hospital (as defined in subsection (d)(1)(B) of section 1886 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww)) with respect to which—

(i)  a reclassification of its wage index for purposes of such section was extended pursuant to the amendment made by paragraph (1); and

(ii)  the wage index applicable for such hospital for the period beginning on October 1, 2010, and ending on March 31, 2011, was lower than for the period beginning on April 1, 2011, and ending on September 30, 2011, by reason of the application of paragraph (2)(B);

the Secretary shall pay such hospital an additional payment that reflects the difference between the wage index for such periods.

(B)  Timeframe for pay,ments.—The Secretary shall make payments required under subparagraph (A) by not later than December 31, 2011.

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SEC. 206. [None Assigned]  FUNDING FOR CLAIMS REPROCESSING.

For purposes of carrying out the provisions of, and amendments made by, this Act that relate to title XVIII of the Social Security Act, and other provisions of, or relating to, such title that ensure appropriate payment of claims, there are appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Management Account, from amounts in the general fund of the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $200,000,000. Amounts appropriated under the preceding sentence shall be in addition to any other funds available for such purposes, shall remain available until expended, and shall not be used to implement changes to title XVIII of the Social Security Act made by Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152.

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[Internal References.—SSAct Title XVIII and §1886 have footnotes referring to P.L. 111-309.]