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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 15-882



Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payments to Qualifying Teaching Hospitals

[45 Pa.B. 2322]
[Saturday, May 9, 2015]

 The Department of Human Services (Department) is providing final notice of its funding allocation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015 disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying teaching hospitals that provide psychiatric services to Medical Assistance (MA) beneficiaries. This funding is intended to assist in supporting the medical education of psychiatrists in hospitals providing psychiatric care to MA beneficiaries and the uninsured. There is no change in the qualifying criteria or payment methodology for this payment from FY 2013-2014.

 Payment limitations are still applicable, including those limitations prohibiting the Commonwealth from exceeding its aggregate annual DSH allotment and prohibiting a hospital from receiving DSH payments in excess of its hospital-specific limit.

 The Department published notice of its intent to allocate funding for these DSH payments at 44 Pa.B. 7252 (November 15, 2014). The Department received no public comments during the 30-day comment period, and will implement the changes as described in its notice of intent.

Fiscal Impact

 The FY 2014-2015 impact as a result of the funding allocation for this payment is $0.500 million ($0.241 million in State general funds and $0.259 million in Federal funds).

Acting Secretary

Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-949. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2014-15 is $241,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2015-16 through 5th Succeeding Year 2019-20 are $0; (4) 2013-14 Program—$163,862,000; 2012-13 Program—$268,112,000; 2011-12 Program—$325,685,000; (7) MA—Inpatient; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 15-882. Filed for public inspection May 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]

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