Powerful Members of the House Ways and Means Committee Introduce a Bill that Could Hurt Home Care Agencies
Bill introduces surety bonds that pose another burden to agencies and hurt small agencies in particular
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) (H.R. 5780) this week. Included in section 15 of the legislation is a provision that would impose a home health surety bond of not less than $50,000 that is “commensurate with the volume of payments to the home health agency.”
CMS has the authority under the ACA to impose such a surety bond, but has not chosen to do so. H.R. 5780 would make it mandatory. Here is a link to the legislation: H.R.5780.
This legislation could come to the House floor next week under suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote. If it passes the House, it would then go to the Senate. If taken up by the Senate, it would likely be under a procedure called unanimous consent because of the short time remaining in the lame duck session. This means one Senator can stop it from coming to a vote during the lame duck session.
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