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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

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

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