Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payments to Qualifying Teaching Hospitals
[46 Pa.B. 7769]
[Saturday, December 10, 2016]
The Department of Human Services (Department) is announcing its intent to allocate funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017 disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying teaching hospitals that provide psychiatric services to Medical Assistance (MA) beneficiaries. These payments are intended to help offset medical education costs of psychiatrists which are incurred by hospitals providing assistance to MA beneficiaries and uninsured persons. The Department does not intend to otherwise change the qualifying criteria or payment methodology for these payments.
All payment limitations are still 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 2016-2017 impact as a result of the funding allocation for these payments is $0.500 million ($0.241 million in State general funds and $0.259 million in Federal funds) upon approval by the Centers for Medicare & 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 the 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-1093. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2016-17 is $241,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2017-18 through 5th Succeeding Year 2021-22 are $0; (4) 2015-16 Program—$392,918,000; 2014-15 Program—$564,772,000; 2013-14 Program—$428,041,000; (7) MA—Fee-for-Service; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2148. Filed for public inspection December 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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