Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payments

[46 Pa.B. 7765]
[Saturday, December 10, 2016]

 The Department of Human Services (Department) is providing final notice of its funding allocation and increase to this funding allocation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016 disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying Medical Assistance (MA) enrolled acute care general hospitals. These payments are intended to promote access to hospital services for MA eligible persons in this Commonwealth by providing additional support for the operations of academic medical programs through the medical education of health care professionals needed to treat the MA population. The Department is not otherwise changing the qualifying criteria or payment methodology for these payments.

 The Department initially published notice of its intent to allocate funding for these payments at 46 Pa.B. 1958 (April 16, 2016), and published notice of its intent to increase funding for these DSH payments at 46 Pa.B. 3346 (June 25, 2016). The Department received no public comments during either 30-day comment period and will implement the change as described in both notices of intent.

Fiscal Impact

 The total FY 2015-2016 impact as a result of the funding allocation for these payments is $2.709 million ($1.300 million in State general funds and $1.409 million in Federal funds).


Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-1099. (1) General Fund;

 (7) MA—Academic Medical Centers; (2) Implementing Year 2015-16 is $800,000; (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—Physician Practice Plans; (2) Implementing Year 2015-16 is $500,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2016-17 through 5th Succeeding Year 2020-21 are $0; (4) 2014-15 Program—$9,071,000; 2013-14 Program—$9,071,000; 2012-13 Program—$7,937,000;

 (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2137. Filed for public inspection December 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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