By Laura Morgan

Friday, February 1, 2013 Disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments were established by the federal government to help offset the burden of uncompensated care provided by safety net hospitals, which serve a high number of Medicaid and low-income – often uninsured – individuals. DSH hospitals include public and private hospitals, children’s hospitals, university hospital systems, and long-term mental health care institutions. DSH payments are made to eligible hospitals through two separate and distinct programs: the Medicaid DSH program (enacted by Congress in 1981) and Medicare DSH adjustment provisions (enacted by Congress in 1986). In fiscal year (FY) 2010, DSH payments to…
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