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MACPAC wants Congress to slow down DSH cuts
Modern Healthcare

A federal Medicaid advisory panel wants Congress to slow down reductions in payments to disproportionate-share hospitals and change an outdated methodology used for allocating spending under the program.The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) on Thursday voted 16-1 to include its recommendations on DSH payment changes into its annual report sent to Congress later this year.Currently DSH cuts are expected to go into effect in October, the start of federal fiscal 2020. DSH payments are expected to be cut by $4 billion in October 2019 and $8 billion per year through fiscal years 2021through 2025.MACPAC recommended phasing in the cuts more gradually, decreasing funding by $2 billion this October.