P.L. 103–66, Approved August 10, 1993 (107 Stat. 312)

Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

CHAPTER 2—HEALTH CARE, HUMAN RESOURCES, INCOME SECURITY, AND CUSTOMS AND TRADE PROVISIONS

SUBCHAPTER A—Medicare

PART I—PROVISIONS RELATING TO PART A

SEC. 13501. 

PAYMENTS FOR PPS HOSPITALS.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

(e)  *  *  *

(2) [42 U.S.C. 1395ww note]  Permitting hospitals to decline reclassification.—If any hospital fails to qualify as a medicare-dependent, small rural hospital under section 1886(d)(5)(G)(i) of the Social Security Act as a result of a decision by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board under section 1886(d)(10) of such Act to reclassify the hospital as being located in an urban area for fiscal year 1993, fiscal year 1994, fiscal year 1998, fiscal year 1999, or fiscal year 2000 through fiscal year 2013[197], the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall—

(A)  notify such hospital of such failure to qualify,

(B)  provide an opportunity for such hospital to decline such reclassification, and

(C)  if the hospital declines such reclassification, administer the Social Security Act [this chapter] (other than section 1886(d)(8)(D)) for such fiscal year as if the decision by the Review Board had not occurred.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

PART II—PROVISIONS RELATING TO PART B

SEC. 13515. 

PAYMENTS FOR NEW PHYSICIANS AND PRACTITIONERS.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

(b) [42 U.S.C. 1395u note]  Budget Neutrality Adjustment.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall reduce the following values and amounts for 1994 (to be applied for that year and subsequent years) by such uniform percentage as the Secretary determines to be required to assure that the amendments made by subsection (a) will not result in expenditures under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act in 1994 that exceed the amount of such expenditures that would have been made if such amendments had not been made:

(1)  The relative values established under section 1848(c) of such Act for services (other than anesthesia services) and, in the case of anesthesia services, the conversion factor established under section 1848 of such Act for such services.

(2)  The amounts determined under section 1848(a)(2)(B)(ii)(I) of such Act.

(3)  the prevailing charges or fee schedule amounts to be applied under such part for services of a health care practitioner (as defined in section 1842(b)(4)(F)(ii)(I) of such Act, as in effect before the date of the enactment of this Act).

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

PART III—PROVISIONS RELATING TO PARTS A AND B

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

SEC. 13563. 

DIRECT GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

(d) [42 U.S.C. 1395ww note]  Adjustment in GME Base-Year Costs of Federal Insurance Contributions Act.—.

(1)  In General.—In determining the amount of payment to be made under section 1886(h) of the Social Security Act in the case of a hospital described in paragraph (2) for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 1992, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall redetermine the approved FTE resident amount to reflect the amount that would have been paid the hospital if, during the hospital’s base cost reporting period, the hospital had been liable for FICA taxes or for contributions to the retirement system of a State, a political subdivision of a State, or an instrumentality of such a State or political subdivision with respect to interns and residents in its medical residency training program.

(2)  Hospitals Affected.—A hospital described in this paragraph is a hospital that did not pay FICA taxes with respect to interns and residents in its medical residency training program during the hospital’s base cost reporting period, but is required to pay FICA taxes or make contributions to a retirement system described in paragraph (1) with respect to such interns and residents because of the amendments made by section 11332(b) of OBRA-1990.

(3)  Definitions.—In this subsection:

(A)  The “base cost reporting period” for a hospital is the hospital’s cost reporting period that began during fiscal year 1984.

(B)  The term “FICA taxes” means, with respect to a hospital, the taxes under section 3111 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

*    *    *    *    *    *    *

[Internal References.—SSAct §§1842, 1848, and 1886 headings, and 1886(d)(10) have footnotes referring to P.L. 103-66.]



[197]  P.L. 112-148, §606(b)(2), struck out “through fiscal year 2012 and inserted “through fiscal year 2013”, effective January 2, 2013.