The majority members of the Senate Finance Committee have published a report on supplemental Medicaid payments.
According to the new document,
This report seeks to increase educational understanding of Medicaid supplemental payments, as well as outline the reporting mechanisms for these payments to ensure adequate stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
The report consists of descriptions of the different types of supplemental Medicaid payments that states make to some providers, including:
- Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH)
- non-DSH payments
- upper-payment limit payments (UPL payments)
- demonstration supplemental payments
- medical education payments
It also describes the magnitude of these payments, noting that supplemental Medicaid payments accounted for $50 billion of the $600 billion spent on Medicaid by the federal and state governments in 2016, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available. In addition, it outlines how those payments are distributed while also considering how these payments affect the overall adequacy of Medicaid payments to providers; this varies from state to state.
Finally, the report reviews how the states finance their Medicaid programs, including through provider taxes, intergovernmental transfers, and certified public expenditures, and how states report their supplemental Medicaid payments to the federal government.
To learn more, see the report “Greater Transparency of Supplemental Payments Needed,” which was prepared by the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee.