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Study Points to Risk of DSH Cuts

A new study suggests that future cuts in Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH payments could pose problems for hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured patients. According to a new report in the journal Health Affairs, Such cuts in government funding of uncompensated care could pose challenges to some providers, particularly in states that have not adopted the Medicaid expansion or where implementation of health care reform is proceeding slowly. Medicare DSH and Medicaid DSH payments help underwrite the uncompensated care hospitals provide to their uninsured patients.  All urban safety-net hospitals receive such payments. Even after Affordable [&hellip

President Presents Proposed FY 2015 Budget

Yesterday the Obama administration unveiled its proposed FY 2015 federal budget. The spending plan addresses a number of key matters for urban safety-net hospitals, including proposed cuts in Medicare bad debt reimbursement, graduate medical education payments, market basket updates for selected providers, and more. It also proposes increased spending to train more health care providers and to extend enhanced Medicaid primary care payments for another year. The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has prepared a memo summarizing the proposed budget with an emphasis on the issues most important to private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals.  To request a copy of [&hellip

IRS Issues Guidelines for Community Health Assessments

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a proposed rule governing how non-profit hospitals will conduct future community health assessments. Such assessments are required of non-profit hospitals under the Affordable Care Act. The new regulation also includes guidelines for hospital billing practices when serving low-income patients. To learn more about the new regulation, find a copy of the regulation itself and an IRS fact sheet here, on the web site of the U.S. Treasury Department

The Importance of Medicare DSH

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) frequently speaks out and writes about the importance of Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments, or Medicare DSH, to the nation’s urban safety-net hospitals. The vast majority of private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals are Medicare DSH hospitals. But what is Medicare DSH?  How does a hospital qualify for Medicare DSH payments? Learn more about Medicare DSH,  why it was created, why it is so important to eligible hospitals, and how it is about to change as a result of the Affordable Care Act in this FAQ on the Medicare Newsgroup web site

Donations Up for Non-Profit Hospitals

Charitable contributions to non-profit hospitals and health systems rose 8.2 percent last year. In all, these organizations raised $8.9 billion in donations, according to a new report by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. The FY 2011 figure eclipses the previous high of $8.6 billion, set in FY 2008. Donations are a vital source of revenue for many private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals. Read more about last year’s fund-raising efforts by hospitals and health systems in this Association for Healthcare Philanthropy news release.  Also available are a fact sheet summarizing the report and the report itself, which can be found here

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