Monday, 13 March 2017

Additional Payment Amounts for Hospitals with Disproportionate Share of Low-Income Patients

(Rev. 2393, Issued: 01-25-12, Effective: 10-01-11, Implementation: 07-02-12)

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985, (Public Law: 99-272), provides for an additional payment to an urban hospital of 100 or more beds that serves a disproportionate share of low-income patients.

Adjustments are made in the Federal portion of the operating cost DRG payment to increase payments to hospitals serving a disproportionate share of low-income patients. The additional payment equals the Federal portion of the operating cost DRG payment and outlier payments, but excludes any additional payments for the costs of indirect medical education multiplied by an adjustment percentage.

If a hospital meets the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) definition, an additional operating cost payment will be made for discharges occurring on or after May 1, 1986. The DSH adjustment is applied only to the Federal portion of the operating cost DRG payment (including outlier payments). It is basically a year-end lump sum adjustment. However, the A/B MAC (A) will identify hospitals that are eligible to receive the DSH adjustment and make interim payments subject to a year-end settlement based upon the hospital's DSH percentage for the cost reporting period. The DRG payment a hospital receives includes the interim operating cost DSH payment and an interim operating indirect medical education adjustment.

For services on or after October 1, 1997, the DSH percentage is not applied to outlier payments.

The data is used for settlement purposes for hospitals.

Note that CMS issues a Recurring Update Notification prior to the Federal Fiscal Year beginning date to provide contractors with the updated SSI file information.

A. - Regular Calculation of DSH Percentage 

The operating DSH percentage is the sum of:

• The percentage of the hospital's total Medicare Part A patient days attributable to Medicare patients who are also SSI recipients (this percentage will be supplied to the A/B MAC (A) by CMS). Since the SSI/Medicare percentages are determined by CMS on a fiscal year basis, hospitals will be afforded the option (for settlement purposes) of determining their SSI/Medicare percentage based upon data from their own cost reporting period. If a hospital avails itself of this option, it must furnish its FI, in a manner and format prescribed by CMS, data on its Medicare patients for the cost reporting period. CMS will match these data to data supplied by SSA to determine the patients dually entitled to Medicare Part A and SSI for the hospital's cost reporting period. The hospital bears the full cost of this process, including the cost of verification by SSA.

Consistent with the regulations at 42 CFR 412.106(b)(2)(i) and 412.106(b)(2)(iii), patients who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage (administered through Medicare Part C) should also be included in the Medicare fraction. These days will be included in the Medicare/SSI fraction, but in order for them to be counted, the hospital must submit an informational only bill (TOB 111) which includes Condition Code 04 to their Medicare contractor. This will ensure that these days are included in the hospital’s SSI ratio for Fiscal Year 2007 and beyond.

Acute Care hospitals that received DSH during FY 2006 are also required to submit informational only bills for their Medicare Advantage patients.

For MA patients, Long Term Care Hospitals are also required to submit informational only bills (TOB 111) with Condition Code 04.

For MA patients, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities are also required to submit informational only bills (TOB 111) with both Condition Code 04 and the Case Mix Group (CMG) from the IRF PAI. Refer to section for the requirements for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities.

The percentage of total patient days attributable to patients entitled to Medicaid, but not to Medicare Part A. 

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