Pa. Charity Patients Can Be Nixed From DSH, 3rd Circ. Told

Law360, Philadelphia (January 16, 2014, 6:05 PM EST) -- A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services attorney told the Third Circuit on Thursday that federal regulations gave the government leverage to exclude charity care patients when calculating disproportionate share payments hospitals get through Medicare for treating low-income individuals.

Government attorney Joshua Waldman told a three-judge panel during oral arguments in Philadelphia that the department’s decision to exclude recipients of charity care through the Pennsylvania General Assistance program from its calculations in determining DSH payments while also including patients enrolled in Medicaid pilot projects was...
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