Sec. 7 AAC 150.180 - Methodology and criteria for additional payments as a disproportionate share hospital

ยง 7 AAC 150.180. Methodology and criteria for additional payments as a disproportionate share hospital

(a) A qualifying hospital that provides services to a disproportionate share of low-income patients with special needs is eligible for Medicaid payments as a disproportionate share hospital (DSH). These payments are in addition to the Medicaid payment rate established under 7 AAC 150.160 or 7 AAC 150.190. The department will not award payments under this section to a qualifying hospital in a total amount that exceeds the facility-specific limit calculated under (g)(3) of this section.

(b) To qualify for additional payments under this section as a DSH, a hospital must meet the following criteria for each qualifying year:

(1) the hospital must be a general acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, or an inpatient psychiatric hospital;

(2) unless it qualifies for the exception set out in 42 U.S.C. 1396 r - 4(d)(2), the hospital must meet the obstetrical staffing requirements of 42 U.S.C. 1396r-4(d), and must provide the names and Medicaid provider numbers of at least two obstetricians who meet the requirements of that section;

(3) the hospital must have a minimum Medicaid utilization rate of not less than one percent for the qualifying year; for purposes of this paragraph, the Medicaid utilization rate is calculated by dividing the hospital's number of Medicaid-eligible inpatient days by the hospital's total number of inpatient days provided to all patients;

(4) on or before October 1 of the calendar year that precedes the payment period, the hospital must submit to the department the following forms and documentation:

(A) the Medicare cost report filed for the qualifying year;

(B) Medicaid reporting forms for the qualifying year from the Medicaid Hospital and Long-Term Care Facility Reporting Manual, adopted by reference in 7 AAC 160.900, including the audited financial statements for the facility;

(C) an uninsured care log for the qualifying year for each patient having uninsured care; the log must be prepared and submitted in electronic spreadsheet format using the Medicaid Log of Uninsured Care Reporting Form, adopted by reference in 7 AAC 160.900; the hospital must certify the log as accurate in an electronic attachment with the submission of the uninsured care log; with respect to uninsured care, the log must specify, in sufficient detail for the department to verify the information,

(i) total charges;

(ii) each admission date;

(iii) the number of patient days;

(iv) any payments made by the patient, or on behalf of the patient by a third party, for services;

(v) each discharge date;

(vi) each service type;

(vii) each payment designation; and

(viii) each date service was provided for outpatient hospital services.

(c) When making a DSH classification under (d) of this section, the department will use the following data sources as applicable:

(1) for determination of Medicaid covered inpatient days, Medicaid charges, Medicaid payments, and Medicaid non-covered inpatient days, the MR-0-14 report for the qualifying year that is available at least six months after the end of the hospital's fiscal year at the time the calculation is performed;

(2) for determination and calculation of total hospital allowable costs, total inpatient hospital costs, Medicaid allowable costs, and physician costs, the Medicare cost report filed for the qualifying year and forms required by (b)(4)(A) of this section;

(3) for total hospital days, total hospital revenues, cash subsidies, and patient revenues, the forms required by (b)(4)(B) of this section;

(4) the log required by (b)(4)(C) of this section;

(5) if the department determines that a piece of data or a data source listed in (1) - (4) of this subsection is unavailable, an alternate data source that the department determines to include the same information as the sources in (1) - (4) of this subsection.

(d) A qualifying hospital may receive disproportionate share payments allocated to one or more of the following DSH classifications, if that hospital meets any additional criteria applicable to that classification, and subject to the limitations set out in (g) of this section:

(1) payments allocated to each Medicaid inpatient utilization DSH (MIU DSH), if the qualifying hospital has a state Medicaid inpatient utilization rate at least one standard deviation above the mean of state Medicaid inpatient utilization rates for all hospitals in this state; the department will make a pediatric outlier payment, as necessary, in the manner specified in (e) and (f) of this section; for purposes of this paragraph,

(A) the state Medicaid inpatient utilization rate is a fraction, expressed as a percentage, of which the numerator is the hospital's number of Medicaid-eligible inpatient days in this state for the hospital's qualifying year and the denominator is the total number of the hospital's inpatient days for its qualifying year; and

(B) the mean of Medicaid inpatient utilization rates for all hospitals in the state is the fraction, expressed as a percentage, of which the numerator is the total number of Medicaid-eligible inpatient days for all hospitals in this state for their qualifying year and the denominator is the total number of inpatient days for all hospitals in this state for their qualifying year;

(2) payments allocated to each low-income DSH (LI DSH), if the qualifying hospital has a low-income utilization rate exceeding 25 percent; the department will make a pediatric outlier payment, as necessary, in the manner specified in (e) and (f) of this section; for purposes of this paragraph, the low-income utilization rate is calculated as the sum of

(A) the fraction, expressed as a percentage, of which the numerator is the sum of the total Medicaid hospital revenue paid to the qualifying hospital for patient services provided to Medicaid-eligible patients in this state in the hospital's qualifying year and the amount of cash subsidies received directly from the state or from local governments for patient services provided in this state in the hospital's qualifying year, and the denominator is the total amount of hospital revenue for services, including the amount of cash subsidies specified in this subparagraph for that hospital's qualifying year; and

(B) the fraction, expressed as a percentage, of which the numerator is the total amount of the qualifying hospital's charges for inpatient hospital services attributable to charity care for the hospital's qualifying year, less the portion of any cash subsidies received directly from the state or from local governments for inpatient hospital services, and the denominator is the total amount of the hospital's charges for inpatient services for the hospital's qualifying year; for a state-owned qualifying hospital that does not have a charge structure, the hospital's charges for charity care are equal to the cash subsidies received by the hospital from the state or from local governments;

(3) payments allocated to each single-point-of-entry psychiatric DSH (SPEP DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department to provide single-point-of-entry psychiatric services and complies with the requirements of that agreement; and

(B) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of encounters, the crisis category, the diagnosis at discharge, the provider and location of referral after discharge, and payment source information;

(4) payments allocated to each designated evaluation and treatment DSH (DET DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) is designated as an evaluation and treatment facility as required by 7 AAC 72;

(B) enters into an agreement with the department to provide designated evaluation and treatment services and complies with the requirements of that agreement; and

(C) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (B) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of encounters, the crisis category, the diagnosis at discharge, the provider and location of referral after discharge, and payment source information;

(5) payments allocated to each institution for mental disease DSH (IMD DSH), if the IMD has been designated under 7 AAC 72 to receive involuntary commitments under AS 47.30.700-47.30.815;

(6) payments allocated to each children's medical care DSH (CMC DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department for medical and hospital care expenses for children in custody who are not Medicaid-eligible, and complies with the requirements of that agreement; and

(B) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of encounters;

(7) payments allocated to each institutional community health care DSH (ICHC DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department for medical and hospital care expenses for individuals in institutions who are not Medicaid-eligible, and complies with the requirements of that agreement; and

(B) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of encounters;

(8) payments allocated to each rural hospital clinic assistance DSH (RHCA DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department to provide support services to a clinic; the support services that the hospital provides must include

(i) services by hospital professional employees at the clinic site; the hospital may include, as services, the services of a primary care provider, nurse midwife services, obstetrical services, and pediatrician's services; and

(ii) assistance in arranging safe transport for those who require emergency transport and services;

(B) complies with the requirements of the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; and

(C) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of encounters that the hospital provided at the clinic, and the support services as described in (A)(i) and (ii) of this paragraph;

(9) payments allocated to each remainder of government allocation DSH (ROGA DSH), if

(A) after disproportionate share payments, if any, have been determined for each classification under (1) - (8) and (10) and (11) of this subsection, the qualifying hospital has a balance remaining within its facility-specific limit, as calculated under (g)(3) of this section;

(B) the qualifying hospital is

(i) a public facility and enters into an agreement with the department to make an intergovernmental transfer to the department; or

(ii) not a public facility, and enters into an agreement with the department and with either a public facility or a local government for the benefit of a public facility, in which the public facility or local government agrees to make an intergovernmental transfer to the department;

(C) any transfer of money that facilitates an intergovernmental transfer under (B)(ii) of this paragraph, and that occurs between the qualifying hospital and a public facility or local government that is party to an agreement under (B)(ii) of this paragraph, constitutes a valid exchange for value; and

(D) the intergovernmental transfer required under (B) of this paragraph

(i) occurs no more than 96 hours after the qualifying hospital's receipt of the disproportionate share payment under this paragraph;

(ii) occurs by electronic transfer or paper transfer to the account designated by the department; and

(iii) is done directly by the qualifying hospital acting as a government entity or through the recognized finance officer of the government entity;

(10) payments allocated to each mental health clinic assistance DSH (MHCA DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department to provide mental health services to a mental health clinic;

(B) complies with the requirements of the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; and

(C) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of mental health encounters that the hospital provided at the mental health clinic;

(11) payments allocated to each substance abuse treatment provider DSH (SATP DSH), if the qualifying hospital

(A) enters into an agreement with the department to provide substance abuse treatment services to a substance abuse treatment provider;

(B) complies with the requirements of the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; and

(C) no more than 60 days after the end of each payment period, provides documentation to the department of the qualifying patients as defined in the agreement made under (A) of this paragraph; that documentation must include the number of substance abuse treatment encounters that the hospital provided through the substance abuse treatment provider.

(e) For the classifications in (d)(1) and (2) of this section, the department will make a pediatric outlier payment in the disproportionate share payment, if the qualifying hospital in the qualifying year

(1) provides inpatient hospital services not excluded under 7 AAC 105.110

(A) to a Medicaid patient who is under six years of age at the time of admission; and

(B) that involve exceptionally long stays per admission in the qualifying year or exceptionally high costs per admission in the qualifying year; an exceptionally long stay per admission is a length of stay that is 150 percent or more of the length of stay of an average admission for the hospital, calculated as the hospital's total inpatient days for the qualifying year for all children under six years of age divided by the hospital's total admissions of all children under six years of age for the qualifying year; exceptionally high costs per admission are inpatient costs exceeding 150 percent of the hospital's average inpatient costs, calculated as the hospital's total inpatient costs for all children under six years of age in the hospital's qualifying year divided by the hospital's total admissions of all children under six years of age for the hospital's qualifying year; inpatient costs for all children under six years of age are calculated by using the total inpatient hospital costs divided by the total inpatient hospital charges and multiplied by the charges for all children under six years of age; and

(2) submits to the department supporting documentation that includes a qualifying year log for all children admitted under six years of age, specifying charges, admissions, patient days, payments made for services, dates of service, and also documentation specifying total hospital admissions, charges, patient days, and payments made for services; information provided in this log must be accurate, complete, and in sufficient detail to be capable of verification by the department.

(f) The pediatric outlier payment described in (e) of this section will be divided proportionately among the qualifying hospitals as calculated by the department based upon the number of inpatient days for children under six years of age who qualify.

(g) The department will determine, as of the qualification date, a hospital's eligibility for additional Medicaid payments under each classification in (d) of this section for the hospital's qualifying year, in the following manner:

(1) for the MIU or LI DSH classification, a disproportionate share payment to each qualifying hospital will be made annually; for any other DSH classification, a disproportionate share payment to each qualifying hospital will be made in accordance with the agreement required for that classification;

(2) a disproportionate share payment is subject to the availability of appropriations from the legislature;

(3) the total annual disproportionate share payment for each qualifying hospital is subject to a facility-specific limit calculated under this paragraph; for the hospital's qualifying year, the limit is the cost of services provided to Medicaid patients, less the amount paid to the hospital under provisions of this chapter other than this section, plus the cost of services provided to patients without health insurance or another source of third-party payments that applied to services rendered during the qualifying year, less any payments made by those patients without insurance or another source of third-party payment for those services; the hospital's cost of services for this calculation is the total hospital allowable costs, as determined in 7 AAC 150.160 and 7 AAC 150.170, divided by the hospital's total adjusted inpatient days; this result is multiplied by the total of the hospital's adjusted inpatient days not covered by insurance or third-party payment and Medicaid adjusted inpatient days; the cost of services includes the cost of excluded services under an insurance policy; the cost of services does not include amounts that were not paid to the hospital by the patient's health insurance or other source of third-party payments because of per diem maximums, coverage limitations, or unpaid patient co-payments or deductibles; for purposes of this paragraph, third-party payments do not include state payments to hospitals paid under 7 AAC 47 (general relief medical assistance) or 7 AAC 48.500 - 7 AAC 48.900 (chronic and acute medical assistance);

(4) a disproportionate share payment is not subject to the payment limitations in 7 AAC 150.160(b) (8), (c)(3), or (k);

(5) the disproportionate share payment is not used in calculating the hospital's future years' Medicaid payment rates or future disproportionate share payments;

(6) in addition to the general facility-specific limit set out in (3) of this subsection, the total disproportionate share payment amount to institutions for mental disease (IMDs) may not exceed the federal IMD disproportionate share cap in effect for the applicable fiscal year; by the qualification date each year, the department will prepare an estimate of the federal IMD disproportionate share allotment to the state and compare that estimate with the department's estimated total payment amounts to the qualifying hospitals under this section for the next federal fiscal year; if the department's estimated total payment amounts exceed the department's estimate of the federal IMD disproportionate share allotment, the disproportionate share payment amounts to each qualifying hospital for the next federal fiscal year will be adjusted downward on a prorated basis until the total amount of the disproportionate share payments for all qualifying hospitals combined is equal to the total federal IMD disproportionate share allotment to the state for the next federal fiscal year; the federal IMD disproportionate share allotment is subject to recalculation, reallocation, and recoupment, as set out in (1) of this section for the disproportionate share allotment;

(7) the department will allocate 100 percent of the federal disproportionate share hospital allotment as follows:

(A) for the IMD DSH classification, the department will distribute the maximum allowed under the federal IMD disproportionate share cap and the federal IMD disproportionate share allotment;

(B) the department will allocate to the MIU DSH classification one percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after the allocation to the IMD DSH classification is determined;

(C) the department will allocate to the LI DSH classification one percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after the allocation to the IMD DSH classification is determined;

(D) the department will allocate to the pediatric outlier payment for the MIU DSH and LI DSH classifications one-half of one percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after the IMD DSH classification is determined;

(E) the department will allocate to the SPEP DSH classification at least one percent but no more than 20 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (D) of this paragraph;

(F) the department will allocate to the DET DSH classification at least one percent but no more than 30 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (D) of this paragraph;

(G) the department may allocate to the CMC DSH classification from zero to 20 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (F) of this paragraph;

(H) the department may allocate to the ICHC DSH classification from zero to 10 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (F) of this paragraph;

(I) the department may allocate to the RHCA DSH classification from zero to 35 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (F) of this paragraph;

(J) each disproportionate share payment for the MIU DSH classification will be calculated based on the qualifying hospital's SDM, divided by the sum of the SDMs of all qualifying MIU DSHs in the qualifying year; the resulting percentage will be multiplied by the allocation amount calculated in (B) of this paragraph;

(K) each disproportionate share payment for the LI DSH classification will be calculated based on the qualifying hospital's LUR, divided by the sum of the LURs of all qualifying LI DSHs in the qualifying year; the resulting percentage will be multiplied by the allocation amount calculated in (C) of this paragraph;

(L) each disproportionate share payment for the SPEP DSH, DET DSH, CMC DSH, ICHC DSH, RHCA DSH, MHCA DSH, and SATP DSH classifications will be calculated within each classification based on the number of encounters to be performed by the qualifying hospital for that classification, as specified in the agreement required for that classification, divided by the total number of encounters to be performed by all qualifying hospitals within that classification, as specified in the agreements required for that classification; the resulting percentage will be multiplied by the allocation amount applicable to that classification, as calculated in (E) - (I) and (O) and (P) of this paragraph;

(M) the amount of disproportionate share payments to qualifying hospitals under the ROGA DSH classification will be determined and calculated

(i) to reflect the facility-specific limits established under (3) of this subsection for each hospital; and

(ii) proportionately to reflect remaining available disproportionate share money after calculation of the payments for the classifications in (d)(1) - (8) and (10) and (11) of this section;

(N) for disproportionate share payments to a qualifying hospital under the ROGA DSH classification, the department will allocate the lesser of

(i) the amount of those payments that the qualifying hospital has requested; and

(ii) a proportionate amount calculated, as a percentage, in which the numerator is the amount of those payments that the qualifying hospital has requested and the denominator is the sum of all disproportionate share payments to all qualifying hospitals within the ROGA DSH classification;

(O) the department may allocate to the MHCA DSH classification from zero to 35 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (F) of this paragraph;

(P) the department may allocate to the SATP DSH classification from zero to 15 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (F) of this paragraph;

(Q) the department may allocate a percentage greater than the maximum percentage in (E) - (I) and (O) and (P) of this paragraph only if the combined allocation under (E) - (I) and (O) and (P) of this paragraph does not exceed 100 percent of the remaining disproportionate share allotment after deducting the allocation under (A) - (D) of this paragraph and the department determines that the final allocation among all classifications will promote the availability of efficient and economic access to health care services; in making that determination, the department will consider these factors:

(i) the distribution of medical services and resources in the communities of the state;

(ii) the availability of health services to the general population in the same geographic area.

(h) The department will make to each qualifying hospital within the MIU DSH classification and to each qualifying hospital within the LI DSH classification a minimum payment of $10,000 per payment period and per classification, subject to the facility-specific limit calculated under (g)(3) of this section, the federal IMD disproportionate share cap in effect for the next federal fiscal year, and the amount of appropriations from the legislature. During a payment period, the department will not make total annual disproportionate share payments that exceed the total amount allowed under the state's federal disproportionate share allotment for the applicable federal fiscal years. On or before the qualification date, the department will send to each hospital a list of the qualifying hospitals and the amount of the payments for the upcoming payment period. The department's determination under this subsection is the department's final administrative action, unless a request for reconsideration is filed

(1) under (i) of this section, regarding whether a hospital is a qualifying hospital; or

(2) under (j) of this section, regarding the amount of a qualifying hospital's disproportionate share payment under this section.

(i) A hospital aggrieved by the department's decision under (h)(1) of this section may request reconsideration of the decision by filing a request for reconsideration with the department, and sending a copy of the request to each qualifying hospital, no more than 10 days after the date of the department's list under (h)(1) of this section. The request for reconsideration must state the facts in the record that support a reversal of the initial decision. A qualifying hospital to which a request for reconsideration was sent may file with the department, no more than 10 days after the date the request was sent, a response to the request for reconsideration. The response must be based on facts in the record. The department's decision on reconsideration is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection. If the department does not issue a decision on reconsideration 30 days or less after the deadline for filing a response to the request for reconsideration, and if the department does not waive the 30-day deadline, the request is considered denied by the department. The denial is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection.

(j) A qualifying hospital aggrieved by the department's determination under (h)(2) of this section may request reconsideration of the determination by filing a request for reconsideration, and sending the request to the other qualifying hospitals, no more than 10 days after the date of the department's list of amounts under (h) of this section. If the department has made the disproportionate share payment under this section to the qualifying hospital, the department will accept and consider a request for reconsideration under this subsection only after any intergovernmental transfer of money required by (d)(9) of this section is made. A request for reconsideration under this subsection must state the facts in the record supporting a change in the payment amount. A qualifying hospital to which a request for reconsideration was sent may file with the department, no more than 10 days after the date the request was sent, a response to the request for reconsideration; the response must be based on facts in the record. The department's decision on reconsideration is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection. If the department does not issue a decision on reconsideration 30 days or less after the deadline for filing a response to the request for reconsideration, and does not waive the 30-day deadline, the request is considered denied by the department. The denial is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection.

(k) The administrative appeal process provided by 7 AAC 150.220 and the exceptional relief process set out in 7 AAC 150.240 are not available to a hospital disputing an item on the department's list under (h) of this section of qualifying hospitals and amounts.

(l) The department will recalculate and reallocate the disproportionate share eligibility and payments for all hospitals and will recoup payments from all hospitals on a prorated basis if the

(1) disproportionate share eligibility and payment for any hospital will be recalculated as a result of a decision under (i) or (j) of this section or of a court decision; or

(2) outcome of a decision under (i) or (j) of this section or of a court decision would cause the total disproportionate share payments to exceed the federal allotment for the federal fiscal year in which the payment rate was in effect.

(m) Repealed 9/1/2013.

(n) A hospital that receives a Medicaid payment as a DSH

(1) is subject to an independent certified audit under 42 U.S.C. 1396 r - 4(i)(2) and 42 C.F.R. 455.300 - 455.304 three years after the payment year to determine if an overpayment occurred; and

(2) shall furnish, in addition to other information and documents required under this chapter, any additional information and documents necessary for completion of the audit.

(o) If an independent certified audit under 42 U.S.C. 1396r-40(2) and 42 C.F.R. 455.300- 455.304 identifies an overpayment for the payment year under review, the department will immediately issue a written determination based on the audit to recoup the amount of the overpayment from the hospital. A hospital aggrieved by a recoupment under this subsection may request reconsideration by filing a request for reconsideration with the department. The department staff that oversees Medicaid payment rates may reconsider recoupment of a DSH overpayment upon the department staffs own motion or at the hospital's request. A hospital seeking reconsideration must file a request for reconsideration not more than 30 days after the date of mailing the written determination to the hospital. The department staff shall deny a request for reconsideration as untimely if the request is filed later than 30 days after the date of mailing the written determination to the hospital. A request for reconsideration under this subsection must be filed at the Anchorage location of the department office that oversees Medicaid payment rates. The department's decision on reconsideration is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection. If the department does not issue a decision on reconsideration 30 days after receiving the request, the request is considered denied. The denial is the department's final administrative action on a reconsideration request under this subsection. However, the department may notify the hospital that the 30-day period for issuing a decision on reconsideration is tolled if the department needs to request additional information from the hospital or consult with other state or federal agencies.

(p) In this section, unless the context otherwise requires,

(1) "adjusted inpatient days" means patient days calculated as the product of patient days multiplied by total hospital inpatient and outpatient charges, divided by hospital inpatient charges;

(2) "admission" means admission to a hospital for inpatient care;

(3) "cash subsidies" does not include money generated under the public hospital proportionate share payment under 7 AAC 150.100;

(4) "encounter" means a unit of service, visit, or face-to-face contact that is a covered service under an agreement with the department as required under (d)(3), (4), (6), (7), (8), (10), or (11) of this section;

(5) "inpatient days" means patient days at licensed hospitals that arc calculated

(A) to include patient days related to a hospitalization for acute treatment of the following:

(i) injured, disabled, or sick patients;

(ii) substance abuse patients who are hospitalized for substance abuse detoxification;

(iii) swing-bed patients whose hospital level of care is reduced to nursing facility level without a physical move of the patient;

(iv) patients hospitalized for rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons;

(v) patients in a hospital receiving psychiatric services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness;

(vi) newborn infants in hospital nurseries; and

(B) not to include patient days related to the treatment of patients

(i) at licensed nursing facilities;

(ii) in a residential treatment bed;

(iii) on a leave of absence from a hospital beginning with the day the patient begins a leave of absence;

(iv) who are in a hospital for observation to determine the need for inpatient admission; or

(v) who receive services at a hospital during the day but are not housed there at midnight;

(6) "Medicaid-eligible inpatient days" means patient days at licensed hospitals that are calculated

(A) to include Medicaid-covered and Medicaid-noncovered days related to a hospitalization for acute treatment of the following:

(i) injured, disabled, or sick patients;

(ii) substance abuse patients who are hospitalized for substance abuse detoxification;

(iii) swing-bed patients whose hospital level of care is reduced to nursing facility level without a physical move of the patient;

(iv) patients hospitalized for rehabilitation services for the rehabilitation of injured, disabled, or sick persons;

(v) patients in a hospital receiving psychiatric services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness;

(vi) newborn infants in hospital nurseries; and

(B) not to include Medicaid covered and Medicaid non-covered patient days related to the treatment of patients

(i) at licensed nursing facilities;

(ii) in a residential treatment bed;

(iii) on a leave of absence from a hospital beginning with the day the patient begins a leave of absence;

(iv) who are in a hospital for observation to determine the need for inpatient admission; or

(v) who receive services at a hospital during the day but are not housed there at midnight;

(7) "payment designation" means a designation related to the source of reported payments;

(8) "payment period" means the state fiscal year plus 90 days;

(9) "qualification date" means July 1 of each year;

(10) "qualifying hospital" means a hospital that qualifies as a DSH under this section;

(11) "qualifying year" means the hospital's fiscal year ending

(A) at least 11 but not more than 23 months before the beginning of the state fiscal year in which the disproportionate share payment is made; and

(B) within the most recent 12-month reporting cycle in which all facilities have filed a complete year-end report with the department;

(12) "service type" means a descriptor for the type of service provided during an inpatient stay or an outpatient visit;

(13) "uninsured care" means an inpatient or outpatient hospital service furnished by a hospital to an individual who has no health insurance or other source of third-party coverage in effect at the time the service was rendered.

(Eff. 2/1/2010, Register 193; am 9/1/2013, Register 207)

The mailing address for sending documentation required under 7 AAC 150.180, and for filing requests for reconsideration under 7 AAC 150.180, is the Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Rate Review, 3601 C Street Suite 978, Anchorage, AK 99503-5924.

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