2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hall
JCHC-Indigent Care at MCVH

Item 319 #23h

Item 319 #23h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2001 $0 FY2002 $12,500,000 GF
FY2001 $0 FY2002 $12,500,000 NGF

Page 244, line 45, strike "$2,896,793,218" and insert "$2,921,793,218".
Page 247, line 3, strike "74,985,600" and insert "87,485,600".
Page 247, line 4, strike "79,950,400" and insert "92,450,400".

(This amendment provides additional funds in the second year to the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) Authority for unreimbursed indigent care through the Medicaid program. The introduced budget increases Medicaid payments to the MCHV Authority to fully fund the cost of unreimbursed indigent care in the first year; however, no additional funding was provided for the second year. A study conducted by the Joint Commission on Health Care last year found that unreimbursed indigent care is the most critical financial issue facing the Commonwealth’s academic health centers. A number of academic health centers across the country have experienced serious financial crises; unreimbursed indigent care has been a contributing factor in each instance. The funding requested in this amendment will ensure that MCVH is able to maintain its traditional mission of treating indigent patients, training physicians and other health care professionals, and conducting cutting-edge research. A language amendment directing MCVH to submit a restructuring plan to the money committees and the Joint Commission on Health Care has been introduced. The language amendment would require MCVH to report on (i) how these funds would be allocated between the hospital and the physician practice plan and spent on indigent care, (ii) actions underway at the institution to achieve continued administrative efficiencies, and (iii) plans for improving the management of care provided to the indigent population. This is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.)