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While the path to enact a state spending plan for the current fiscal year continues to be exceptionally difficult, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to press for a 2015-2016 state budget package that:

  • Reauthorizes the hospital Quality Care Assessment and limits the General Fund savings from the assessment to $220 million
  • Restores proposed cuts to the Medical Assistance (MA) supplemental payments for obstetric and neonatal services, hospital-based burn centers and trauma centers
  • Increases funding for critical access hospitals to account for the two newly designated critical access hospitals in 2015-2016
  • Establishes the framework for providing as much as $95 million in net benefits to hospitals through observation, outpatient, rehabilitation hospital and dependency (high MA) payments

HAP anticipates its advocacy work on the 2016-2017 state budget will begin early in the first quarter of 2016.

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