Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Calif., and Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-San Diego, have joined forces to introduce H.R. 3587, a bill that would set prompt-payment standards for nursing homes and other facilities that take Medicaid.
H.R. 3587, the Fair Pay to Medicaid Providers Act bill, would require state Medicaid plans to pay facilities about as quickly as they pay physicians, according to the bill text.
Federal law requires Medicaid plans to pay 90% of physician services claims within 30 days and 99% of physician services claims within 90 days. The requirements do not apply to facilities.
“Our health care professionals and facilities deserve to be reimbursed in a predictable and consistent timeframe,” Eshoo says in a statement about the bill.
Bilbray says payment delays can put patients at risk, by making it difficult for facilities to pay and keep emloyees.