The Detroit Medical Center's tough negotiating stance has paid off in Michigan lawmakers' agreement this week to provide the seven-hospital not-for-profit system with $50 million in new funds, mostly Medicaid. A DMC spokeswoman said the funding will come with conditions, which are being negotiated in closed meetings. The system has "agreed to keep our conversations confidential until further notice," she said. The money is intended to get DMC through one more year, while a long-term solution to its financial problems is developed. A working group is scheduled to submit recommendations to lawmakers on July 29, a spokeswoman for the governor's office said. Earlier this year, DMC President and CEO Arthur Porter said the system would close two hospitals and lay off hundreds of workers unless lawmakers found more money to offset its costs as the state's largest provider of charity care. DMC provided $130 million in uncompensated care last year and provides 25% of all care paid for by the state Medicaid program, Porter said. The system has lost nearly $400 million over past five years. -- by Mark Taylor
DMC to get $50 million to stave off crisis
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