DSH Allocation Proposal
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: November 19, 2008
Sen. Tom Adelson
Adelson releases details on Fair Share Hospital DSH Reimbursement
Tulsa Senator Tom
Adelson has recalculated the allocation of disproportionate
share hospital (DSH) dollars consistent with the principles of taxpayer
neutrality set forth by dueling editorials between the state's two
The total amount available is distributed based on the number of
qualifying patients served, rather than the existing formula. DSH
is federal funding to safety net hospitals to help absorb the cost
of uncompensated care.
"The bill I will be filing will equalize the funding to safety
net hospitals throughout the state which provide such important
care to Oklahomans in need.” Adelson said.
Stillwater and Cushing will see a gain of over $550,000 a year
for their hospitals.
Altus will be allocated more than $240,000 annually than its present
Woodward and Guymon each add $200,000 a year.
Duncan gains $558,000 a year for its safety net hospital.
Enid gains up to $850,000 a year, and Bartlesville $317,000 a year.
Midwest City Regional adds $548,000 a year. Claremore gains $216,000
Elk City will have its DSH funds increase by over $293,000 a year.
In Oklahoma City, Integris Baptist and Integris Southwest will see
a collective increase in excess of $2.1 million annually. St. Anthony's
gains nearly $1.1 million a year, Mercy Health Center adds $551,000
a year. Deaconess DSH payment increases by $451,000 a year.
In Norman, Norman Regional expands by $743,000 a year and JD McCarty
Tulsa hospitals -- Saint Francis, St. Johns and Southcrest -- share
an increase of $3,700,000 a year.
The OSU Medical Center in Tulsa is not a DSH recipient hospital
due to its characterization of bad debt vs. charity care charges,
a source of ongoing discussions with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
"I've attached a complete breakdown of all the hospitals receiving
DSH funds in 2008, and how much better they fare under the Fair
Share model," Adelson said. "While these figures are preliminary,
I believe they are a reasonable estimate of how the DSH funds will
be allocated under the new formula."
"All told, 47 hospitals throughout the state will gain over
$15 million annually to help them absorb the cost of uncompensated
"While the OU University Hospital is the one hospital to experience
a lower allocation, the hospital still receives two and a half times
more than any other hospital." Adelson said. "Net profit
margins at the OU University Hospital would decline -- to just over
10.5% compared to a statewide average of 7.38% for all Oklahoma
"As I stated in my previous press release, no hospital should
enjoy the exorbitant privilege of having taxpayers reimburse 100%
of its charity care plus 100% of its Medicaid care each and every
"This proposal illustrates fair and equitable treatment for
all our safety net hospitals."
For more information
Senator Adelson's Office: (405) 521-5551