Private Safety-Net Hospitals Need More CARES Act Money, NASH Writes

The federal government should direct another round of CARES Act grants to safety-net hospitals, NASH wrote yesterday in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

While all recipients of the latest round of CARES Act grants benefited from those funds, NASH noted in its letter, too many private safety-net hospitals did not receive grants at all.

In its letter, NASH suggested that HHS use different criteria for selecting future safety-net hospital recipients of CARES Act grants:  hospitals that are “deemed DSH hospitals” or those that are eligible to participate in the section 340B program.

These two categories of hospitals, NASH wrote,

…most accurately and precisely capture safety-net hospitals that serve the highest proportions Medicaid patients and that most need these essential resources.

See NASH’s letter here.