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Hospitals Sue HHS Over Payments for Treating Low-Income Patients

May 7, 2021, 6:38 PM

Hospitals in states that refused to expand Medicaid are suing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for allegedly short-changing them on federal dollars they get for treating a higher percentage of low-income patients.

Becerra has refused to count patients made “eligible for Medicaid” under the Affordable Care Act based on low income when calculating Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) supplements, Conway Medical Center in South Carolina and 30 other hospitals across nine states said in a complaint May 6.

A DSH supplement increases in proportion to the percentage of a hospital’s low-income patients, which is determined by the number ...

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