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Reform Update: CMS’ plan for DSH payments gets close review
Modern Healthcare

As healthcare providers and analysts continue to digest more than 1,400 pages of the CMS‘ recent inpatient prospective payment proposed rule, they are analyzing how the agency would implement a new payment methodology for Medicare disproportionate-share hospital (DSH) payments next year.

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act decreases Medicaid and Medicare DSH payments—which community and safety net hospitals use to provide uncompensated care—starting in 2014, based on the belief that the law’s coverage expansions will lower the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans.