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UPDATED: House Ways and Means Committee Reports AMENDS “Mid-Build” Exception

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UPDATED: House Ways and Means Committee Reports AMENDS “Mid-Build” Exception

Provider Based Attestation Deadline

Now December 31

The House Ways and Means Committee held a markup session to review and suggest amendments to the bipartisan Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (H.R. 5273). H.R. 2573 proposes to allow off-campus HOPDs that were “mid-build” as of November 2, 2015, to bill as provider-based departments of a hospital. “Mid-build” is defined as any HOPD that had a binding written agreement with an outside unrelated party for the construction of the department.

As a result of the markup meeting, the Committee reported an amended version of H.R. 5273 to the House of Representatives for review. Approved amendments to H.R. 5273 include the following:

1.    The provider’s chief executive officer or chief operating officer must submit a certification that the HOPD meets the definition of mid-build within 60 days of enactment of H.R. 5273 (original deadline was July 1, 2016); and,

2.     The provider must submit an attestation that the HOPD meets the requirements of the CMS provider-based regulations before December 31, 2016 (or, if later, within 60 days of enactment of H.R. 5273) (original deadline was July 1, 2016).

These approved amendments to H.R. 5273 significantly ease impacted providers’ burden of satisfying the mid-build exception requirements. Murer Consultants will track progress of H.R. 5273 through the legislative process and provide updates accordingly.

Last Wednesday, on May 25th, Murer Consultants sent out a “BLAST” alerting clients of this exception.  Today, we are informing you that activity continues as Congress adjusts details of this Bill.  Best advice,

STAY TUNED . . . . . . .

Please contact Murer Consultants at (708) 478-7030 to discuss H.R. 5273 and its potential impact on your facility.

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