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MACPAC Releases First Report to Congress on Medicaid DSH Payments

MACPAC calls for better targeting of safety-net hospital payments; greater transparency needed to effectively target funding


Washington, DC—The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) today released a new report calling for better targeting of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding to hospitals with a high share of low-income patients and high levels of uncompensated care. The congressional advisory panel called for more complete and timely data on all Medicaid hospital payments to better evaluate current policy and possible new approaches to targeting DSH payments.