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NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicaid DSH Regulation

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has written to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to object to how the agency proposes changing its methodology for calculating eligible hospitals’ Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments.

NAUH LogoIn particular, NAUH opposes the manner in which CMS would treat payments from Medicare and third-party payers made on behalf of Medicaid-eligible individuals.

In NAUH’s view, the letter notes,

…the hospital-specific DSH limit has come to penalize the very hospitals – including private urban safety-net hospitals – that Medicaid DSH payments were designed to support.

The NAUH letter explains that

What troubles NAUH at this time is CMS’s apparent decision to rationalize and codify in regulations a narrower interpretation of the Medicaid DSH limit than what Congress described in section 1923(g) of the Social Security Act.

Read NAUH’s complete letter here.

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