The Challenges Facing Pennsylvania’s Safety-Net Hospitals

With the arrival of a new governor and the start of a new legislative session, the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) has prepared a series of four papers for leaders of the new Wolf administration and legislative and committee leaders and staff.

Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania logoThe second of those four papers describes the major health care and health policy challenges safety-net hospitals face.  Those challenges include:

  • the distinct patients safety-net hospitals serve
  • inadequate payments for Medicaid services
  • the large numbers of uninsured and underinsured patients safety-net hospitals serve
  • threats to vital state Medicaid supplemental payments, such as Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH
  • continuing change and reform in the health care system, including the delivery of care and how safety-net hospitals are paid for their services

The first paper, “What is SNAP?”, was an introduction to the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania:  what safety-net hospitals are, where they are located, whom they serve, and how they differ from other acute-care hospitals in the state.

Find both SNAP papers here.

Filed in Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania.

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