Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payment
[46 Pa.B. 2740]
[Saturday, May 28, 2016]
The Department of Human Services (Department) is announcing its intent to allocate funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016 for disproportionate share hospital (DHS) payments to qualifying hospitals that provide a high volume of services to the Medical Assistance (MA) population to promote continued access to inpatient and ancillary outpatient services in this Commonwealth and to support academic medical programs that provide integrated patient centered medical services. The Department is not otherwise changing its State Plan provisions addressing the qualifying criteria or payment methodology for this payment.
All payment limitations are applicable, including those limitations that the Commonwealth may not exceed its aggregate annual DSH allotment, and that no hospital may receive DSH payments in excess of its hospital-specific limit.
The FY 2015-2016 impact as a result of the funding allocation for these payments is $5.209 million ($2.500 million in State general funds) upon approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice to the Department of Human Services, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, c/o Regulations Coordinator, Room 515, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. The Department will review and consider all comments received within 30 days in determining its final payment methodology for these payments.
Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).
Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-1022. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2015-16 is $2,500,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2016-17 through 5th Succeeding Year 2020-21 are $0; (4) 2014-15 Program—$17,431,000; 2013-14 Program—$16,831,000; 2012-13 Program—$12,618,000; (7) MA—Academic Medical Centers; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-923. Filed for public inspection May 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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