S 688

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 688

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply the additional Medicare HITECH payment provisions to hospitals in Puerto Rico.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 30, 2011

Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself, Mr. KERRY, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. SCHUMER, and Mr. BINGAMAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply the additional Medicare HITECH payment provisions to hospitals in Puerto Rico.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Puerto Rico Hospital HITECH Amendments of 2011'.

SEC. 2. APPLICATION OF MEDICARE HITECH PAYMENTS TO HOSPITALS IN PUERTO RICO.

    (a) In General- Subsection (n)(6)(B) of section 1886 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww) is amended by striking `subsection (d) hospital' and inserting `hospital that is a subsection (d) hospital or a subsection (d) Puerto Rico hospital'.

    (b) Conforming Amendments- (1) Subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix) of such section is amended--

      (A) in subclause (I), by striking `(n)(6)(A)' and inserting `(n)(6)(B)'; and

      (B) in subclause (II), by striking `subsection (d) hospital' and inserting `an eligible hospital'.

    (2) Paragraphs (2) and (4)(A) of section 1853(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-23(m)) are each amended by striking `1886(n)(6)(A)' and inserting `1886(n)(6)(B)'.

    (c) Implementation- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may implement the amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) by program instruction or otherwise.

    (d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply as if included in the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-3).

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