Supreme Court to Hear Case Addressing Hospitals that Disproportionately Serve Low-Income Patients

MedicareReuters reported that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit alleging that Medicare underpays hospitals that serve low-income populations by an estimated $1.5 billion per year. The 200 hospitals across 32 states are requesting the court to overturn a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that upheld how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calculates the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding. Hospitals argue that HHS only uses the number of Medicare patients who actually receive supplemental security income in their calculations and does not include those who are eligible but do not receive the benefit, when determining DSH funding. Read More.