CA-New Law Could Give Public Hospitals Higher MediCal Reimbursement

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California Governor, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law Assembly Bill 113 on April 13, 2011. The law will allow the state's 48 nondesignated public hospitals (NDPHs) to raise $33 million in funds for the state's Medicaid program (MediCal) through intergovernmental transfers (IGTs). Final implementation is dependent on approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under the IGT program, public entities would voluntarily transfer funds to the state for the purpose of drawing down federal funds to make supplemental Medi-Cal payments to district hospitals. The IGT program is aimed at providing NDPH supplemental payments for inpatient Medi-Cal fee-for-service (FFS).