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NAUH Applauds CMS Decision on Medicare DSH

The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has issued a news release praising the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its decision on how to calculate hospitals’ Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) in FY 2014.

“We applaud the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Medicare for this decision,” said Keith Hovan, NAUH’s president, in the news release.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare DSH payments are scheduled to be reduced beginning in FY 2014.  Payments are to be cut 75 percent, with hospitals to receive some portion of the reduced amount based on how much uncompensated care they provide.  NAUH has long feared, and advocated against, unreliable, untested, unaudited data from hospitals’ Medicare cost report’s S-10 form for this purpose.  CMS ultimately agreed and has proposed using another proxy for uncompensated care in the coming fiscal year.

Read NAUH’s news release hereNAUH Logo.

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