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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1216



Additional Class of Payments to Qualifying Acute Care General Hospitals

[38 Pa.B. 3559]
[Saturday, June 28, 2008]

   The purpose of this notice is to announce the Department of Public Welfare's (Department) intent to distribute funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007-2008 disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to certain qualifying acute care general hospitals enrolled in the Medical Assistance (MA) Program that provide a high volume of MA births.

   There will be no change to the qualifying criteria for determining eligibility for these one-time payments.

   In making these one-time payments, the Department will ensure that no acute care general hospital will receive any DSH payment that is in excess of its hospital-specific DSH upper payment limit and the Commonwealth will not exceed its aggregate annual DSH allotment.

Fiscal Impact

   For FY 2007-2008, the fiscal impact related to these payments is $2.722 million ($1.25 million in State funds).

Public Comment

   Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice to the Department at the following address Department of Public Welfare, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, c/o Regulations Coordinator, Room 515, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments received within 30 days will be reviewed and considered for any subsequent revision of the notice.

   Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


   Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-563. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2007-08 is $1,250,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2008-09 is $0; 2nd Succeeding Year 2009-10 is $0; 3rd Succeeding Year 2010-11 is $0; 4th Succeeding Year 2011-12 is $0; 5th Succeeding Year 2012-13 is $0; (4) 2006-07 Program--$0; 2005-06 Program--$0; 2004-05 Program--$0; (7) Facilities and Services Enhancements; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1216. Filed for public inspection June 27, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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