In what is becoming a near-monthly escape, Colorado hospitals last week narrowly avoided getting hit with tens of millions of dollars in federal funding cuts. But the victory comes with a catch — they have to do it all over again next month.
The cuts would come from what are called “disproportionate share payments,” which help hospitals that treat a lot of uninsured people and, thus, often don’t get paid for the care they provide. According to a memo prepared this month for the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, Colorado hospitals receive more than $100 million a year in federal DSH — pronounced “dish” — payments, as they are known.
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