To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to exempt certain hospice programs from the limitation applicable to payments for hospice care under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. EXCEPTION TO MEDICARE HOSPICE PAYMENT CAPS FOR CERTAIN MINORITY OWNED HOSPICES.
(a) In General.--Section 1814(i)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(i)(2)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``The amount of payment'' and inserting ``Subject to subparagraph (E), the amount of payment''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(E) Subparagraph (A) shall not apply with respect to hospice care furnished on or after November 1, 2004, by (or under arrangements made by) a qualified hospice program.''. (b) Qualified Hospice Programs.--Section 1814(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(i)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(8) For purposes of paragraph (2)(E): ``(A) The term `qualified hospice program' means, with respect to an accounting year, a hospice program-- ``(i) for which at least 50 percent of the shares of common stock for such program are owned by a specified individual or group of specified individuals; and ``(ii) for which at least 75 percent of the individuals making an election under subsection (d) with respect to such program reside in a county or parish that-- ``(I) has a population that is more than 50 percent specified individuals; or ``(II)...