At a time when cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicaid DSH) are still scheduled for the current fiscal year and some in Congress are calling for a new approach to allotting DSH funds among the states, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission has released its annual analysis of Medicaid DSH allotments to the states.
The report includes:
- data about changes in the uninsured rate
- demographic information about the uninsured
- information about the cost of hospital uncompensated care
- perspectives on hospital Medicaid shortfalls
- a comparison of hospital uncompensated care costs when calculated using different methodologies
- data about hospitals that provide “essential community services”
- information about scheduled Medicaid DSH allotment reductions
All private safety-net hospitals receive Medicaid DSH payments and consider the program an essential tool for serving their communities.
MACPAC will issue a more complete report to Congress in March of 2020.
Learn more about how MACPAC views Medicaid DSH at a time when the program is scheduled to change – and when some want even more change – in the new MACPAC document “Required Analyses of Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Allotments.”