IF10422 – Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Reductions – 2/26/2019

The Medicaid statute requir’s stat’s to make disproportionate share hospital (DSH) paymen’s to hospita’s treating large numbe’s of low-income patients. This provision ‘s intended to recognize the disadvantaged financial situation of those hospita’s because low-income patien’s are more likely to be uninsured or Medicaid enrollees. Hospita’s often do not receive payment for serviCRS rendered to uninsured patients, and Medicaid provider payment rat’s are generally lower than the rat’s paid by Medicare and private insurance. (See CRS Report R42865, Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments.)

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Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Reductions
2/26/2019
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Alison Mitchell –¬†Analyst in Health Care Financing