CMS Issues Final Rule Defining Limits on DSH Payments

CMS released a final rule defining the parameters of the so-called hospital-specific limitation whereby disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to a hospital will not be allowed to exceed the uncompensated costs of furnishing hospital services to individuals who are Medicaid-eligible or who do not have another third-party source of payment for such services. CMS clarified that this rule does not modify the DSH allotment amounts and will have no effect on the ability of a state to claim federal financial participation for DSH payments that are provided up to the published DSH allotments.

Comment Period Extended for HHA Participation Conditions

CMS announced that comments are due by January 7, 2015 on a proposed rule which would update the conditions of participation in Medicare and Medicaid for home health agencies (HHA).

Upcoming Congressional Hearings

House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee: hearing to be held on VA’s Caregiver Program: Assessing Current Prospects and Future Possibilities; 10:00 AM; 334 Cannon House Bldg.; December 3.

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: hearing to be held on The Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program; 10:15 AM; 2322 Rayburn House Bldg.; December 3.

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