With DSH Cuts Looming, Cuomo Must Decide How to Allot Fewer Dollars
The Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts the industry has feared for years are scheduled to begin taking effect in less than three weeks, creating a tough choice for the Cuomo administration, which may have to decide how to apportion a much smaller pot of money.
New York stands to lose $329 million in federal payments, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s 16 percent of New York’s total allotment and the largest cut, in terms of dollars, for any state.
The Medicaid DSH program is meant to help hospitals cover the uninsured and underinsured. The cuts to the federal program, which are supposed to total $43 billion between 2018 and 2025, and begin with $2 billion next year, help pay for the Affordable Care Act. . .