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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-18.59: Allocation of funds.

          
9. a. The commissioner shall allocate such funds as specified in subsection e. of this section to the charity care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy account. In a given year, the department shall transfer from the fund to the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services such funds as may be necessary for the total approved charity care disproportionate share payments to hospitals for that year.

b. For the period January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1993, the commission shall allocate $500 million to the charity care component of the disproportionate share hospital subsidy account. The Department of Health shall recommend the amount that the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services shall pay to an eligible hospital on a provisional, monthly basis pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection. The department shall also advise the commission and each eligible hospital of the amount a hospital is entitled to receive.

(1) The department shall determine if a hospital is eligible to receive a charity care subsidy in 1993 based on the following:

Hospital Specific Approved Uncompensated Care-1991

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Hospital Specific Preliminary Cost Base-1992



= Hospital Specific \% Uncompensated Care (\%UC)



A hospital is eligible for a charity care subsidy in 1993 if, upon establishing a rank order of the \%UC for all hospitals, the hospital is among the 80\% of hospitals with the highest \%UC.



(2) The maximum amount of the charity care subsidy an eligible hospital may receive in 1993 shall be based on the following:



Hospital Specific Approved Uncompensated Care-1991

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Total approved Uncompensated Care All Eligible Hospitals-1991



X $500 million



= Maximum Amount of Hospital Specific Charity Care Subsidy for 1993



(3) A hospital shall be required to submit all claims for charity care cost reimbursement, as well as demographic information about the persons who qualify for charity care, to the department in a manner and time frame specified by the Commissioner of Health, in order to continue to be eligible for a charity care subsidy in 1993 and in subsequent years.

The demographic information shall include the recipient's age, sex, marital status, employment status, type of health insurance coverage, if any, and if the recipient is a child under 18 years of age who does not have health insurance coverage or a married person who does not have health insurance coverage, whether the child's parent or the married person's spouse, as the case may be, has health insurance.

(4) A hospital shall be reimbursed for the cost of eligible charity care at the same rate paid to that hospital by the Medicaid program; except that charity care services provided to emergency room patients who do not require those services on an emergency basis shall be reimbursed at a rate appropriate for primary care, according to a schedule of payments developed by the commission.

(5) The department shall provide for an audit of a hospital's charity care for 1993 within a time frame established by the department.

c. For the period January 1, 1994 to December 31, 1994, a hospital shall receive disproportionate share payments from the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services based on the amount of charity care submitted to the commission or its designated agent, in a form and manner specified by the commission. The commission or its designated agent shall review and price all charity care claims and notify the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services of the amount it shall pay to each hospital on a monthly basis based on actual services rendered.

(1) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1995, c.133.)

(2) If the commission is not able to fully implement the charity care claims pricing system by January 1, 1994, the commission shall continue to make provisional disproportionate share payments to eligible hospitals, through the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, based on the charity care costs incurred by all hospitals in 1993, until such time as the commission is able to implement the claims pricing system.

If there are additional charity care balances available after the 1994 distribution based on 1993 charity care costs, the department shall transfer these available balances from the fund to the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services for an approved one-time additional disproportionate share payment to hospitals according to the methodology provided in section 12 of P.L.1995, c.133 (C.26:2H-18.59a). The total payment for all hospitals shall not exceed $75.5 million.

(3) A hospital shall be reimbursed for the cost of eligible charity care at the same rate paid to that hospital by the Medicaid program; except that charity care services provided to emergency room patients who do not require those services on an emergency basis shall be reimbursed at a rate appropriate for primary care, according to a schedule of payments developed by the commission.

(4) (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1995, c.133.)

d. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.1995, c.133.)

e. The total amount allocated for charity care subsidy payments shall be: in 1994, $450 million; in 1995, $400 million; in 1996, $310 million; in 1997, $300 million; for the period January 1, 1998 through June 30, 1998, $160 million; and in fiscal year 1999 and each fiscal year thereafter through fiscal year 2004, $320 million. Total payments to hospitals shall not exceed the amount allocated for each given year.

f. Beginning January 1, 1995:

(1) The charity care subsidy shall be determined pursuant to section 13 of P.L.1995, c.133 (C.26:2H-18.59b).

(2) A charity care claim shall be valued at the same rate paid to that hospital by the Medicaid program, except that charity care services provided to emergency room patients who do not require those services on an emergency basis shall be valued at a rate appropriate for primary care according to a schedule of payments adopted by the commissioner.

(3) The department shall provide for an audit of a hospital's charity care within a time frame established by the commissioner.

L.1997, c.263, s.9; amended 1995, c.133, s.5; 1996, c.28, ss.4,12; 1997, c.263, s.4; 2004, c.113, s.1; 2012, c.17, s.227.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2017-03-10 13:09:47.






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