To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify and expand on criteria applicable to patient admission to and care furnished in long-term care hospitals participating in 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. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Long-Term Care Hospital Improvement Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Specification of criteria for patient preadmission, admission, and continuing stay assessments. Sec. 3. Specification of core services and patient care requirements. Sec. 4. Additional long-term care hospital payment classification criteria. Sec. 5. Application of criteria for certain hospitals.
SEC. 2. SPECIFICATION OF CRITERIA FOR PATIENT PREADMISSION, ADMISSION, AND CONTINUING STAY ASSESSMENTS.
(a) In General.--Section 1861(ccc) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(ccc)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (4)(A)-- (A) by inserting ``in accordance with paragraph (2)'' after ``screens patients prior to admission for appropriateness of admission to a long-term care hospital''; (B) by striking ``validates within 48 hours of admission'' and inserting ``validates, in accordance with paragraph (3), within 24 hours of admission''; (C) by inserting ``in accordance with paragraph (4)'' after ``regularly evaluates''; and (D) by inserting ``in accordance with paragraph (5)'' after ``assesses the available discharge options''; (2) in paragraph (4), by redesignating subparagraphs (A), (B), and...