States will be able to use an additional $268 million authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help disproportionate-share hospitals care for uninsured patients, HHS announced. Disproportionate-share hospitals, or DSH facilities, serve a disproportionate share of low-income or uninsured individuals. States receive an annual allotment to make payments to these hospitals to account for higher costs associated with treating uninsured and low-income patients. The economic stimulus law would now increase the amount of allotments available to states to approximately $11.33 billion from $11.06 billion for 2009. Because not all states spend their full DSH allotments, they must demonstrate they have used all of their existing fiscal 2009 DSH allotments before the new funding can be accessed. Any public hospital will be thrilled these additional dollars will be going toward safety net hospitals across the country that have been faced with increased rising numbers of uninsured due to the economic crisis, said Lynne Fagnani, senior vice president with the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.
Late News: Disproportionate-share hospitals get $268 million in stimulus act
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