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(b) (42 U.S.C. 1395y note) DESIGNATION OF PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS AS MEETING CERTIFICATION AS HEART TRANSPLANT FACILITY.-For purposes of determining whether a pediatric hospital that performs pediatric heart transplants meets the criteria established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for facilities in which the heart transplants performed will be considered to meet the requirement of section 1862(aX1XA) of the Social Security Act, the Secretary shall treat such a hospital as meeting such criteria if
(1) the hospital's pediatric heart transplant program is operated jointly by the hospital and another facility that meets such criteria,
(2) the unified program shares the same transplant surgeons and quality assurance program (including oversight committee, patient protocol, and patient selection criteria), and
(3) the hospital demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary that it is able to provide the specialized facilities, services, and personnel that are re quired by pediatric heart transplant patients.
(c) [42 U.S.C. 1395mm note] IMPLEMENTATION.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide in machine readable form) to eligible organizations under section 1876 of the Social Security Act medicare DRG rates for payments required by the amendment made by subsection (a) and data on cost pass-through items for all inpatient services provided to medicare beneficiaries enrolled with such organizations.
SEC. 4048. PAYMENT FOR PHYSICIAN ANESTHESIA SERVICES.
(b) (42 U.S.C. 1395u note] DEVELOPMENT OF UNIFORM RELATIVE VALUE GUIDE.The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with groups representing physicians who furnish anesthesia services, shall establish by regulation a relative value guide for use in all carrier localities in making payment for physician anesthesia services furnished under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act on and after March 1, 1989. Such guide shall be designed so as to result in expenditures under such title for such services in an amount that would not exceed the amount of such expenditures which would otherwise occur.
(d) [42 U.S.C. 1395u note) SPECIAL RULE.—With respect to the establishment of a reasonable charge limit under section 1842(bX11XCXii) of the Social Security Act, in applying section 1842(X1XDX(i) of such Act, the matter beginning with "plus" shall be considered to have been deleted.
Sec. 4081. SUBMISSION OF CLAIMS TO SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE CARRIERS.
(2) [42 U.S.C. 1395ss note) (A) The amendments made by subsection (b) shall apply to medicare supplemental policies as of January 1, 1989 (or, if applicable,
the date established under subparagraph (B)). (B) In the case of a State which the Secretary of Health and Human Services identifies as
(i) requiring State legislation (other than legislation appropriating funds) in order for medicare supplemental policies to be changed to meet the requirements of section 1882(c)(3) of the Social Security Act, and
(ii) having a legislature which is not scheduled to meet in 1988 in a legislative session in which such legislation may be considered or which has not enacted
such legislation before July 1, 1988, the date specified in this subparagraph is the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first legislative session of the State legislature that begins on or after January 1, 1989, and in which legislation described in clause (i) may be considered.
Sec. 4091. CONTRACT PROVISIONS.
(1) (42 U.S.C. 1320c-2 note) ONE-TIME EXTENSIONS TO PERMIT STAGGERING OF EXPIRATION DATES
(A) IN GENERAL.-In order to permit the Secretary of Health and Human Services an adequate time to complete contract renewal negotiations with utilization and quality control peer review organizations under part B of title XI of the Social Security Act and to provide for a staggered period of contract expiration dates, notwithstanding section 1153(c) of such Act, the Secretary may provide for extensions of existing contracts, but the total of such extensions may not exceed 24 months for any contract.
(B) EFFECTIVE DATE.-The amendment made by subparagraph (A) shall apply to contracts expiring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(e) [42 U.S.C. 1320c-5 note]TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall enter into agreements with entities submitting applications under this subsection (in such form as the Secretary may provide) to establish demonstration projects to examine the feasibility of requiring instruction and oversight of rural physicians, in lieu of imposing sanctions, through use of video communication between rural hospitals and teaching hospitals under this title. Under such demonstration projects, the Secretary may provide for payments to physicians consulted via video communication systems. No funds may be expended under the demonstration projects for the acquisition of capital items including computer hardware.
SEC. 4106. [None assigned] MEDICALLY NEEDY INCOME LEVELS FOR CERTAIN 2-MEMBER COUPLES IN CALIFORNIA.
For purposes of section 1903()(1)(B) of the Social Security Act, for payments made to California on or after July 1, 1983, in the case of a family consisting only of two individuals both of whom are adults and at least one of whom is aged, blind, or disabled, the “highest amount which would ordinarily be paid to a family of the same
size” under the State's plan approved under part A of title IV of such Act shall, at California's option, be the amount determined by the State agency to be the amount of the aid which would ordinarily be payable under such plan to a family which consists of one adult and two children and which is without any income or resources. Section 1902(aX10XCXiXIII) of the Social Security Act shall not prevent California from establishing (un the previous sentence) an applicable income limitation for families described in that sentence which is greater than the income limitation applicable to other families, if California has an applicable income limitation under section 1903(f) of such Act which is equal to the maximum applicable income limitation permitted consistent with paragraph (1XB) of such section for families other than those described in the previous sentence.
(d) [None assigned] CONTINUED ELIGIBILITY
RESTRICTION ON DISENROLLMENT WITHOUT CAUSE FOR METROPOLITAN HEALTH PLAN HMO.-For purposes of sections 1902(eX2XA) and 1903(mX2XF) of the Social Security Act, the Metropolitan Health Plan HMO operated by the New York City public hospitals shall be treated in the same manner as a qualified health maintenance organization (as defined in section 1310(d) of the Public Health Service Act).
SEC. 4205. (42 U.S.C. 1395i-3 note) ANNUAL REPORT.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall report to the Congress annually on the extent to which skilled nursing facilities are complying with the require ments of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of section 1819 of the Social Security Act (as added by the amendments made by this part) and the number and type of enforcement actions taken by States and the Secretary under section 1819(h) of such Act (as added by section 4203 of this Act).
SEC. 4211. REQUIREMENTS FOR NURSING FACILITIES.
(b) INCORPORATING REQUIREMENTS INTO STATE PLAN.
(2) [42 U.S.C. 1396a note] STATE PLAN AMENDMENT REQUIRED.—A plan of a State under title XIX of the Social Security Act shall not be considered to have met the requirement of section 1902(a)(13/A) of the Social Security Act (as amended by paragraph (1/A) of this subsection), as of the first day of a Federal fiscal year (beginning on or after October 1, 1990), unless the State has submitted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, as of April 1 before the fiscal year, an amendment to such State plan to provide for an appropriate adjustment in payment amounts for nursing facility services furnished during the Federal fiscal year. Each such amendment shall include a detailed description of the specific methodology to be used in determining the appropriate adjustment in payment amounts for nursing facility services. The Secretary shall
, not later than September 30 before the fiscal year concerned, review each such plan amendment for compliance with such requirement and by such date shall approve or disapprove each such amendment. If the Secretary disapproves such an amendment, the State shall immediately submit a revised amendment which
meets such requirement. The absence of approval of such a plan amendment does not relieve the State or any nursing facility of any obligation or require
ment under title XIX of the Social Security Act (as amended by this Act). (d) FUNDING.
(2) [42 U.S.C. 1396b note] ENHANCED FUNDING FOR NURSE AIDE TRAINING.– For the 8 calendar quarters (beginning with the calendar quarter that begins on July 1, 1988), with respect to payment under section 1903(aX2XB) of the Social Security Act to a State for additional amounts expended by the State under its plan approved under title XIX of such Act for nursing aide training and competency evaluation programs, and competency evaluation programs, described in section 1919(e)(1) of such title, any reference to “50 percent” is deemed a reference to the sum of the Federal medical assistance percentage (determined under section 1905(b) of such Act) plus 25 percentage points, but not to exceed 90 percent.
(j) [42 U.S.C. 1396a note) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, upon request by a State, furnish technical assistance with respect to the development and implementation of reimbursement methods for nursing facilities that take into account the case mix of residents in the different facilities.
SEC. 4212. SURVEY AND CERTIFICATION PROCESS.
(3) [42 U.S.C. 1396b note) For purposes of section 1903(a) of the Social Security Act, proper expenses incurred by a State for medical review by independent professionals of the care provided to residents of nursing facilities who are entitled to medical assistance under title XIX of such Act shall be reimbursable as expenses necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the State plan under that title.
Sec. 4215. (42 U.S.C. 1396r note) ANNUAL REPORT.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall report to the Congress annually on the extent to which nursing facilities are complying with the requirements of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of section 1919 of the Social Security Act (as added by the amendments made by this part) and the number and type of enforcement actions taken by States and the Secretary under section 1919(h) of such Act (as added by section 4213 of this Act). Each such report shall also include a summary of the information reported by States under section 1919(e)(7)(C)(iv) of such Act.
SEC. 9008. [42 U.S.C. 418 note] MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT WITH IOWA TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR CERTAIN POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN.
(a) IN GENERAL.-Notwithstanding subsection (d)(5)(A) of section 218 of the Social Security Act and the references thereto in subsections (d)(1) and (d)(3) of such section 218, the agreement with the State of Iowa heretofore entered into pursuant to such section 218 may, at any time prior to January 1, 1989, be modified pursuant
to subsection (c)(4) of such section 218 so as to apply to services performed in policemen's or firemen's positions required to be covered by a retirement system pursuant to section 410.1 of the Iowa Code as in effect on July 1, 1953, if the State of Iowa has at any time prior to the date of the enactment of this Act paid to the Secretary of the Treasury, with respect to any of the services performed in such positions, the sums prescribed pursuant to subsection (e)(1) of such section 218 (as in effect on December 31, 1986, with respect to payments due with respect to wages paid on or before such date).
(b) SERVICE TO BE COVERED.—Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (e) of section 218 of the Social Security Act (as so redesignated by section 9002(cX1) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986)) 82, any modification in the agreement with the State of Iowa under subsection (a) shall be made effective with respect to
(1) all services performed in any policemen's or firemen's position to which the modification relates on or after January 1, 1987, and
(2) all services performed in such a position before January 1, 1987, with respect to which the State of Iowa has paid to the Secretary of the Treasury the sums prescribed pursuant to subsection (eX1) of such section 218 (as in effect on December 31, 1986, with respect to payments due with respect to wages paid on or before such date) at the time or times established pursuant to such subsection (eX1), if and to the extent that,
(A) no refund of the sums so paid has been obtained, or
(B) a refund of part or all of the sums so paid has been obtained but the State of Iowa repays to the Secretary of the Treasury the amount of such refund within 90 days after the date on which the modification is agreed to by the State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
SEC. 9116. RETENTION OF MEDICAID WHEN SSI BENEFITS ARE LOST UPON ENTITLEMENT TO EARLY WIDOW'S OR WIDOWER'S INSURANCE BENEFITS.
(c) [42 U.S.C. 1383c note] STATE DETERMINATIONS.-Any determination required under section 1634(d) of the Social Security Act with respect to whether an individual would be eligible for benefits under title XVI of such Act (or State supplementary payments) in the absence of benefits under section 202 shall be made by the appropriate State agency.
SEC. 9117. [42 U.S.C. 1383 note] DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO ASSIST HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS.
(a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary") is authorized to make grants to States for projects designed to demonstrate and test the feasibility of special procedures and services to ensure that homeless individuals are provided SSI and other benefits under the Social Security Act to which they are entitled and receive assistance in using such benefits to obtain permanent housing, food, and health care. Each project approved under this section shall meet such conditions and requirements, consistent with this section, as the Secretary shall prescribe.
(b) SCOPE OF PROJECTS.—Projects for which grants are made under this section shall include, more specifically, procedures and services to overcome barriers which prevent homeless individuals (particularly the chronically mentally ill) from receiving and appropriately using benefits, including
82 As in original. One closing parenthesis should be stricken.