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(Austin – Aug. 13, 2018) The following is a statement from Ted Shaw, Texas Hospital Association president/ CEO, on the decision of the Departmental Appeals Board at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to uphold the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ disallowance of approximately $26 million in federal uncompensated care payments to private hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth:

“The federal government’s decision last week to disallow millions of dollars in vital supplemental payments to hospitals in North Texas is inconsistent with its stated goals of supporting local initiatives to drive innovation and quality in health care and undermines an approved funding arrangement used for more than a decade. Hospitals across Texas shoulder the burden of providing care to underserved populations at an annual cost of more than $7 billion. This burden is distributed among public and private hospitals in recognition that the safety net works most effectively when responsibility for providing care to the state’s Medicaid and low-income populations is shared. Through the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver, Texas hospitals partner with the state Medicaid program to implement local solutions to help mitigate the financial consequences of an underfunded Medicaid program and a growing uninsured population with the goal of having a strong health care safety net. The government’s decision threatens that safety net and undermines local innovation.”

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Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents 452 of the state’s non-federal general and specialty hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/texashospitals.