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On page 268, between lines 11 and 12, insert the following:
SEC. 602. CONTINUATION OF SOLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR CERTAIN HOSPITALS.
(a) In General.--Section 1886(d)(5)(D) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d)(5)(D)) is amended by adding at the end the following new clause:
"(vi) In the case of a hospital that is classified as a sole community hospital and is located within a State that has implemented a rate-setting program for regulation of hospital payments (in this clause referred to as the `existing hospital'), any relocation on or after January 1, 2010, of the facility of another hospital that is in operation as of such date to a site that is within 25 road miles of the existing hospital shall not be taken into account for purposes of determining whether
the existing hospital shall continue to qualify for classification as a sole community hospital.".
(b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to hospitals for cost reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2010.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 4, 2010.)