Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH)

Information for and about hospitals serving large numbers of patients on public insurance programs such as MassHealth and Medicare. 
AHA and other hospital interests filed suit in U.S. District Court to stop a nearly 30% reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals for purchase of outpatient drugs under the 340B program.
Approximately 30 hospitals a year across the U.S. are closing, according to a national study that is resonating in Massachusetts.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.
Last Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker signed the $41.7 billion FY19 state budget.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
Debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s budget proposal begins tomorrow and MHA has two priority amendment.
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.
The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its proposed FY19 state budget last Wednesday, and a preliminary review of it shows that the budget writers were responsive to some key hospital priorities.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended the 340B drug program and the hospitals and health centers that rely on it at a hearing last Thursday.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
The federal budget package which passed last week after an hours-long government shutdown includes many important healthcare provisions.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance
Two big priorities for the Massachusetts healthcare community – preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stalling Medicaid cuts to disproportionate share hospitals – were helped this week by Congressional action.
MHA is concerned about federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding provided to states to support those hospitals that cover a large percentage of Medicaid recipients.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: