HR 4582, Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act of 2017, defines rehabilitation innovation centers as not-for-profit or government-owned rehabilitation facilities that perform research and training on brain injury, spinal cord injury, and/or stroke rehabilitation. The centers must be designated by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research at the Department of Health and Human Services, which will establish an online list of all centers fitting the criteria. By establishing this standard of care, the bill aims to encourage other organizations to improve their quality of care and better serve the needs of patients across the country. Within 18 months of the enactment of the bill, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission will submit to Congress cost report data from the past three years to determine the payment adequacy for the rehabilitation innovation centers under Medicare.
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