Sources: More than 400 hospitals settle with feds over DSH payment calculations

More than 400 hospitals have settled with the federal government, resolving challenges dating as far back as 2010 to HHS' calculations of disproportionate share hospital payments, according to Law360.

Court records filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicate several hospitals and systems are involved in the settlements, including Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Corpus Christi (Texas) Medical Center, which is affiliated with Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America.

Specific terms of the settlements were not disclosed. Sources with direct knowledge of the deal told Law360 the settlements cover about 430 hospitals and about 1,700 cost years of DSH reimbursement payments.

The litigation, which dates back to 2010, concerns DSH payments for fiscal years 1992 through 2004. The lawsuits allege the hospitals were shortchanged by HHS due to the agency's flawed DSH payment calculations. 

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