Governor Bryant’s proposed budget for 2014 includes $4.4 million for Mississippi hospitals to help offset the decreasing disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments to hospitals. We appreciate the governor’s acknowledgement that hospitals are in need of financial help to recover from severe cuts to reimbursement on both federal and state levels. Hospitals saw significant reductions this year in Medicaid outpatient payments as a result of the implementation of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) system.
Hospitals are finding it very difficult to adjust financially to the almost three billion dollars of federal cuts to be experienced by Mississippi hospitals over the next 10 years. Any restoration in funding to our state's hospitals is truly appreciated. We look forward to working with the Governor, his staff and the State Legislature in the months ahead to find creative ways to relieve the financial burdens that have been placed on providers across our great state.
~ Timothy H. Moore
Mississippi Hospital Association