Client Alerts

13 11, 2017

State Fiscal Year 2018 Indigent Care Trust Fund Interim Payments

2017-11-13T20:18:02+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Client Alert|

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has communicated to providers in a memorandum dated November 8, 2017 that DCH is preparing to make interim payments for the State Fiscal Year 2018 Disproportionate Share Hospital program.  Interim payments will not be provided to private hospitals due to the unavailability of state matching funds. The [...]

9 10, 2017

SFY 2017 Hospital UPL Payments

2017-10-09T14:36:34+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Client Alert|

In a memorandum dated October 6, 2017, from John Upchurch, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) communicated the process of the State Fiscal Year 2017 Upper Payment Limit (UPL) hospital payments.  This memorandum directs providers to the DCH website where the gross payments and intergovernmental transfer amounts are listed.  The website is www.dch.georgia.gov.  [...]

3 10, 2017

340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS) Available

2017-10-03T14:41:42+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|340B, Client Alert|

The newly released 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS) is now available.  With the release of this new system all covered entities should download the 340B OPAIS Public User Guide and review the webinar on OPAIS (links below). The goal of this new system is to increase the security, user accessibility, [...]

29 09, 2017

Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program

2017-10-03T13:34:01+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Client Alert|

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has posted a list of hospitals that preliminarily qualify for the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program for calendar year 2018.  To gain final eligibility for the program, eligible hospital organizations must submit the following documents to DCH by October 16, 2017:Five-Year Plan Document990 Financial Proxy FormDun & Bradstreet [...]

7 09, 2017

Georgia Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Surveys for 2018 Payment Data

2017-09-07T12:51:43+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Client Alert|

In a memorandum dated August 31, 2017, from John Upchurch, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) communicated survey instructions for completing the FY 2018 Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Data Survey.  These instructions can be accessed at the following link: https://dch.georgia.gov/sites/dch.georgia.gov/files/FY_2018_DSH_Survey-Memorandum.pdf Myers and Stauffer will send the survey to each hospital via their web [...]

8 06, 2017

CMS Proposes to Use Worksheet S-10 Data in FY 2018 Uncompensated Care Allocation

2017-06-30T12:10:45+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Client Alert|

Included in the proposed rule to update the fiscal year (FY) 2018 inpatient prospective payment system is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal to begin incorporating Worksheet S-10 data over a three-year period in the distribution methodology of uncompensated care payments beginning in FY 2018. The use of low-income insured days would [...]

24 05, 2017

Proposed Changes to Volume Decrease Adjustment for Sole Community and Medicare-Dependent Hospitals

2017-05-24T17:56:16+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Client Alert|

The federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule includes the following beneficial changes to the computation of the volume decrease adjustment for sole community and Medicare-dependent hospitals. 1. Prospectively requires the MACs compare Medicare inpatient revenue allocable to fixed costs from the cost reporting period when the hospital experienced the [...]

24 04, 2017

SFY 2017 Indigent Care Trust Fund Final Payments

2017-06-30T12:10:46+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Client Alert|

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has communicated to providers in a memorandum dated April 20 that DCH is preparing to make final payments for the State Fiscal Year 2017 Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program. Gross payments, intergovernmental transfer amounts, and related documents are included with the memorandum. This information will also be posted [...]

10 03, 2017

2016 Occupational Mix Survey for Wage Indexes Beginning FFY 2019

2017-03-10T02:16:03+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Client Alert|

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to collect data every three years on the occupational mix of employees for each short-term, acute care hospital that is subject to the inpatient prospective payment system, in order to construct an occupational mix adjustment to the wage index. The 2016 Occupational Mix Survey Hospital [...]

2 03, 2017

SFY 2017 Nursing Home UPL Payments

2017-06-30T12:10:46+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Client Alert|

In a memorandum dated February 27, 2017, from John Upchurch, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) communicated the process of the State Fiscal Year 2017 Nursing Home Upper Payment Limit (UPL) payments for the 1st – 2nd quarters. The transfer amounts and gross nursing home UPL funds were attached to the memorandum. The timetable for [...]