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NAUH Questions Pending Medicare DSH Cuts

In a new study, the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has questioned the extent of the cuts in Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments mandated by the Affordable Care Act. In the study, NAUH cites four reasons why the anticipated cuts in Medicare DSH payments, which are made to selected hospitals that care for especially large numbers of low-income patients, may be too large. having more Medicaid recipients will increase hospitals’ Medicaid shortfalls the Supreme Court decision on the reform law’s mandate that states expand Medicaid coverage will mean fewer Medicaid recipients than anticipated but more people remaining uninsured [&hellip

Urban Safety-Net Hospitals Could Bear Disproportionate Share of Reform Cuts

The nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals could shoulder an outsized share of Medicare payment cuts mandated by the Affordable Care Act. According to an analysis by the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) presented in the new NAUH report “The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Urban Safety-Net Hospitals,” private urban safety-net hospitals, just 15 percent of the nation’s acute-care hospitals, will suffer nearly one-half of all Medicare disproportionate share payment (Medicare DSH) cuts mandated by the 2010 health care reform law and more than one-third of Medicare payment cuts associated with Medicare’s new hospital readmissions reduction [&hellip

Reform Law Could Decimate Hospitals’ Medicare DSH Payments

Beginning in October of 2013, urban safety-net hospitals could see cuts of up to 75 percent in the Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) payments they receive from the federal government. Medicare DSH payments are supplemental Medicare payments made to selected hospitals that care for especially large numbers of low-income patients. According to the new study “The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Urban Safety-Net Hospitals” published this week by the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH), this Medicare DSH cut could cost individual private urban safety-net hospitals an average of $8 million in FY 2014 alone and $56 [&hellip

NAUH Releases New Study

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has released a new study, “The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Urban Safety-Net Hospitals,” that looks at how Medicare payment cuts associated with the 2010 health care reform law could affect the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals. Read the new NAUH study here

MedPAC to Meet This Week

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, will meet in Washington, D.C. this Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7. Among the issues on MedPAC’s meeting agenda are refinements in Medicare’s hospital readmissions program, geographic adjustments of Medicare payments, bundled payments for post-acute care, and outpatient therapy payments. While MedPAC’s policy recommendations are not binding on Congress, its views are considered very influential among members of Congress and often either lead to legislation or are part of future policy debates and deliberations. Because urban safety-net hospitals care for so many Medicare patients, MedPAC’s deliberations [&hellip

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