Medicaid DSH Cut In, Medicare Site-Neutral Payments Out of Health Bill?

With Congress at a stalemate on spending legislation, lawmakers are considering a narrower scope of issues to address in near-term health care legislation. According to published reports, scheduled cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH), already delayed several times, [...]

ASH Unveils 2024 Advocacy Agenda

The Alliance of Safety-Net Hospitals has unveiled its 2024 advocacy agenda. Items on the agenda include: Preventing scheduled cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to the states. Urging policymakers not to require Medicare outpatient payments to be made [...]

New Way of Calculating Medicaid DSH Could Affect Safety-Net Hospitals

Hospitals will soon see federal regulators take a new approach to calculating their Medicaid DSH payments. Specifically, their Medicaid disproportionate share hospital-specific payment limit. And this change could affect many community safety-net hospitals. A new CMS regulation changes how third-party [...]

Federal Health Policy Update for February 22

The following is the latest health policy news from the federal government for February 16-22.  Some of the language used below is taken directly from government documents. CMS and Medicaid DSH Payments CMS has published a final rule governing how [...]

Proposal Would Establish New “Essential Health System” Designation

The newly proposed “Reinforcing Essential Health Systems for Communities Act” would create a new federal hospital designation that would create a mechanism for directing more federal resources to safety-net hospitals that care for more low-income and uninsured patients. The bipartisan [...]


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