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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-2376


Additional Class of Disproportionate Share Payments for Critical Access Hospitals and Qualifying Rural Hospitals

[40 Pa.B. 7162]
[Saturday, December 11, 2010]

 The Department of Public Welfare (Department) is announcing its intent to increase the allocation of funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-2011 for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to qualifying hospitals based on the designation as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) or as a qualifying rural hospital. There will be no change in the current qualifying criteria or methodology for determining eligibility for these payments.

Fiscal Impact

 For FY 2010-2011, CAH DSH payments in the amount of $10.543 million ($4.677 million in State funds and $5.866 million in Federal funds upon approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will be paid to qualifying hospitals.

Public Comment

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice to the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, c/o Regulations Coordinator, Room 515, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments received within 30 days will be reviewed and considered for any subsequent revision of the notice.

 Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

Acting Secretary

Fiscal Note: 14-NOT-671. (1) General Fund; (2) Implementing Year 2010-11 is $4,677,000; (3) 1st Succeeding Year 2011-12 is $0; 2nd Succeeding Year 2012-13 is $0; 3rd Succeeding Year 2013-14 is $0; 4th Succeeding Year 2014-15 is $0; 5th Succeeding Year 2015-16 is $0; (4) 2007-08 Program—$0; 2008-09 Program—$4,888,000; 2009-10 Program—$4,378,000; (7) Medical Assistance—CAHs; (8) recommends adoption. Funds have been included in the budget to cover this increase.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-2376. Filed for public inspection December 10, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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