Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments

[47 Pa.B. 3445]
[Saturday, June 17, 2017]

 The Department of Human Services (Department) is providing final notice of its funding allocation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017 disproportionate share hospital payments to qualifying acute care general hospitals that serve the indigent population of cities in this Commonwealth with an average per capita income significantly below the Statewide average. These payments are intended to provide additional financial support to hospitals that serve an inordinate amount of low-income individuals and Medical Assistance beneficiaries in impoverished areas of this Commonwealth. The Department is not otherwise changing the qualifying criteria or payment methodology for these payments.

 The Department published notice of its intent to allocate funding for these payments at 46 Pa.B. 7763 (December 10, 2016). The Department received no comments during the 30-day comment period and will implement the change as described in the notice of intent.

Fiscal Impact

 The FY 2016-2017 impact as a result of the funding allocation for these payments is $14.494 million ($6.989 million in State general funds and $7.505 million in Federal funds).


Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-1153. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2016-17 is $6,989,000; (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) Medical Assistance—Fee-for-Service; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1008. Filed for public inspection June 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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