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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-908


Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payments for Critical Access Hospitals and Qualifying Rural Hospitals

[41 Pa.B. 2769]
[Saturday, May 28, 2011]

 The Department of Public Welfare (Department) is providing final notice of increased funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-2011 for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying hospitals based on the designation as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) or as a qualifying rural hospital. There is no change in the current qualifying criteria or methodology for determining eligibility for these payments.

 The Department published notice of its intent to increase the funding allocation for DSH payments to hospitals based on the designation as a CAH or as a qualifying rural hospital at 40 Pa.B. 7162 (December 11, 2010). The Department received no public comments during the 30-day comment period, and will implement the changes described in its notice of intent.

Fiscal Impact

 For FY 2010-2011, CAH DSH payments in the amount of $10.543 million ($4.677 million in State funds and $5.866 million in Federal funds upon approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will be paid to qualifying hospitals.

Acting Secretary

Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-689. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2010-11 is $4,677,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2011-12 is $0; 2nd Succeeding Year 2012-13 is $0; 3rd Succeeding Year 2013-14 is $0; 4th Succeeding Year 2014-15 is $0; 5th Succeeding Year 2015-16 is $0; (4) 2007-08 Program—$0; 2008-09 Program—$4,888,000; 2009-10 Program—$4,378,000; (7) Medical Assistance—CAH; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-908. Filed for public inspection May 27, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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