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This entry is important to any hospital receiving Disproportionate Share payments for a fiscal year beginning during Federal Fiscal Year 2005. CMS posted updated SSI Ratios for Federal Fiscal Year 2005 on the website on September 3, 2008. Click Here to go to the CMS post.
Upon review of the data, you will find that most hospitals were helped marginally by the SSI Ratio changes. It will be up to hospital personnel and their consultants to determine if the additional amount of reimbursement is worth pursuing.
There will be some big winners. Eighty three facilties had increases of over one percent. One percent in DSH can result in hundreds of thousands of additional reimbursement dollars. I my opinion some of the data seems unreasonable and will unquestionably lead to further questions regarding the validity of the data and processes used to arrive at the numbers.
If your facility received DSH payments for a fiscal year beginning in FFY 2005, checking out these numbers is a must. It may result in an unexpected windfall. I wish you all the best!
I hope this and all future blog entries help you identify the most important of reimbursement issues and new developments in the field for you.