Stephanie Webster Quoted in Law360 on DSH Payments Case

Stephanie Webster, a partner in Akin Gump’s health practice, was quoted by Law360 in an article on a federal court ruling that could affect future payments of Medicare reimbursements to hospitals.

The article, “Medicare Smackdown May Affect Hospital Payments For Years,” notes that a Department of Health and Human Services policy for calculating the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments made to help offset lost revenues from providing care to low-income patients was thrown out because the calculation method was considered flawed. The court said HHS had tried to hide an inadequate rulemaking process.

Webster, who led the team representing the 27 hospital plaintiffs in the case, Allina Health Services et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, said the speed at which “this issue gets resolved and how it gets resolved will not only affect payments for past years, but payments going forward.” DSH payments, according to the article, are due to be reduced by 75 percent as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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