UMass Medical School to assist New Hampshire's Disproportionate Share Hospital program

Published on December 15, 2012 at 1:48 AM · No Comments

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has awarded a three-year contract to UMass Medical School (UMMS) to assist with New Hampshire's Disproportionate Share Hospital program.

“We are very pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with New Hampshire DHHS to assist the agency in managing this complex and very important program”

The agreement, valued at $600,000 over three years, will be managed by the Center for Health Law and Economics, part of UMMS' Commonwealth Medicine division.

The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program provides financial assistance to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients, such as people with Medicaid coverage and the uninsured. Nationally, federal Medicaid DSH payments are the largest source of federal funding for uncompensated hospital care.

As part of its work, UMMS will assist with management of the DSH program, providing New Hampshire officials with subject matter expertise, fiscal and legal services, and assistance with myriad policy and compliance issues related to federal mandates that are part of the program.

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