South Carolina to Cut Payments to 18 Hospitals by 8% Due to Low Levels of Indigent Care

Eighteen hospitals, most in South Carolina, will see an 8 percent cut to state and federal funds this fiscal year after South Carolina found those hospitals were not providing a proportionate share of uncompensated care to uninsured residents, according to a Post and Courier report.

The disproportionate share payments do not completely cover all hospital losses for covering uninsured patients, but they aim to help hospitals treat the uninsured despite losing money. The 18 hospitals — two of which border South Carolina and all of which serve South Carolina residents — collected a total of $110 million last year, and the pay cut is expected to save taxpayers roughly $9 million, according to the report.

The 18 hospitals that will face cuts in funding, proportionate to their levels of charity care, include the following:

•    Anderson (S.C.) Area Medical Center.
•    Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley, S.C.
•    Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, S.C.
•    Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.
•    East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
•    Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
•    Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville, S.C.
•    Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
•    Loris (S.C.) Community Hospital.
•    Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg, S.C.
•    Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.
•    Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C.
•    Patewood Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C.
•    Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C.
•    St. Francis Health System in Greenville, S.C.
•    Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C.
•    Village Hospital in Greer, S.C.
•    Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Related Articles on Uncompensated Care:

Michigan Legislature Considers Proposals to Reallocate Funds for Disproportionate Share Payments
Indigent Care at Georgia's Floyd Medical Center Over Budget in 1Q of 2012
How Hospitals Can Drastically Cut Down Uncompensated Care

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