Summary

A bill to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Sep 13, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. SECURE MEDICARE CARD PILOT PROGRAM.

(a) Pilot Program Implementation (Phase I).-- (1) In general.--Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall conduct a pilot program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act for the purpose of utilizing smart card technology for Medicare beneficiary and provider identification cards in order to-- (A) increase the quality of care furnished to Medicare beneficiaries; (B) improve the accuracy and efficiency in the billing for Medicare items and services furnished by Medicare providers; (C) reduce the potential for identity theft and other unlawful use of Medicare beneficiary and provider identifying information; and (D) reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program. (2) Site requirements.--The Secretary shall conduct the pilot program in at least 5 geographic areas in which the Secretary determines there is a high risk for waste, fraud, or abuse. (3) Design of pilot program.--In designing the pilot program, the Secretary shall provide for the following: (A) Implementation of a system that utilizes a smart card as a Medicare identification card for Medicare beneficiaries and Medicare providers. Such a card shall contain appropriate security features and protect personal privacy. (B) Issuance of...

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