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Jamie Pennington

Jamie has over 11 years of experience in the healthcare consulting industry. She currently manages all marketing operations as well as SCA’s Research Associate personnel. In previous roles, Jamie served in operations management, internal audit, appeals and MAC audits.
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CMS Posts 2019 IPPS Final Rule

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Aug 2, 2018 6:10:05 PM

The 2019 IPPS Final Rule was put on display for public inspection on August 2, 2018 and is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Monday, August 17, 2018.  The pre-publication version can be viewed HERE (Medicare DSH begins on page 969).  SCA will be reviewing and analyzing the details of the final rule and its components and we will provide more detailed conclusions soon.

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Topics: proposed rule, Medicare DSH Reimbursement, DSH Reimbursement, Industry Updates, S-10

Texas Hospital Association Partners With SCA Uncompensated Care Costs Calculations

Posted by Jamie Pennington on May 29, 2018 11:35:37 AM

Southwest Consulting Associates has been endorsed by the Texas Hospital Association to help Texas hospitals thoroughly and completely calculate and document uncompensated care costs to qualify for Medicaid supplemental payments. Read the full press release HERE.

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Topics: worksheet s-10

2019 IPPS Proposed Rule: Cost Report Worksheet S-10 to determine Two-Thirds of Factor 3 for Uncompensated Care Payment

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Apr 25, 2018 3:59:40 PM

The 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2018. If finalized, these changes will go into effect October 1, 2018. The pre-published version can be viewed HERE. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on June 25, 2018.  Below is SCA’s "as brief as we could make it", yet comprehensive summary on the Medicare DSH/Uncompensated Care payment portion (pages 818-877) of the proposed rule as it will affect qualifying DSH hospitals.

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Topics: Medicare DSH Reimbursement, uncompensated care, worksheet s-10, proposed rule, Compliance, DSH Reimbursement, Industry Updates, S-10, healthcare finance, regulations

CMS Posts 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Apr 24, 2018 3:45:04 PM

The 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 24, 2018 and is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 7, 2018.  The pre-publication version can be viewed HERE.  All public comments to the proposed rule are to be received by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, June 25, 2018.  

 

In regards to the Medicare DSH/UC payment, Worksheet S-10 will be used to calculated two-thirds of a qualifying provider's Factor 3.  SCA will be reviewing and analyzing the full details of the proposed rule and its components, and we will provide our conclusions in the coming week. 

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Topics: proposed rule, Medicare DSH Reimbursement, DSH Reimbursement, Industry Updates, S-10

Federal Fiscal Year vs. Hospital Fiscal Year

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Apr 19, 2018 3:24:53 PM

In discussions that we have had externally, there seems to be confusion around which cost reporting periods are applicable to a specific Federal Fiscal year (FFY).  The FFY begins 10/01 and ends 09/30, so if your hospital's FYE is not 9/30, how do you know which of your cost reports falls into a specific FFY?

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Topics: Medicare DSH Reimbursement

FFY 2016 SSI Ratios Posted to CMS Website

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Mar 19, 2018 3:11:26 PM

CMS just posted the FFY 2016 SSI ratios to their website.  The FFY 2016 SSI ratio file (DSH Adjustment and 2015-2016 File [ZIP, 248KB]) can be found in the Downloads section of CMS' Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) webpage or by following the link below:

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Topics: Medicare DSH Reimbursement, SSI Recalculations, ssi ratio, DSH Reimbursement, Industry Updates, factor 3, uncompensated care payment

What You Need To Know About TDL 180029 & Worksheet S-10

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Oct 24, 2017 1:07:00 PM

On October 20, 2017, CMS issued another Technical Direction Letter (TDL) extending the deadline for all IPPS hospitals to submit revised or initial FFY 2014 and 2015 Worksheet S-10’s to January 2, 2018.  Southwest Consulting Associates confirmed this directly with CMS' Division of Acute Care and is monitoring the CMS website for a posted notice, which CMS also stated would be available shortly.  Until the official notice is posted, please contact your MAC for additional information.

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Topics: S-10, worksheet s-10, Medicare DSH Reimbursement, DSH Reimbursement, uncompensated care, factor 3

TDL Issued, Worksheet S-10 Revision Deadline Extended For ALL

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Oct 4, 2017 4:03:56 PM

As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, CMS posted a notice on its website last month granting a 31-day extension to IPPS hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to submit FFY 2014 and FFY 2015 revised Worksheet S-10's.  CMS subsequently issued a Technical Direction Letter (TDL) extending the same 31-day extension to file updated FFY 2014 and 2015 Worksheet S-10’s to October 31, 2017 for ALL IPPS providers.  

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Topics: S-10, worksheet s-10, Medicare DSH Reimbursement, DSH Reimbursement, uncompensated care, factor 3

CMS Extends Cost Report Worksheet S-10 Revision Deadline

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Sep 22, 2017 10:34:54 AM

Earlier this week, CMS posted a notice on its website granting a 31-day extension to IPPS hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to submit FFY 2014 and FFY 2015 Worksheet S-10's.  This comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, the President declaring a state of emergency and the HHS Secretary declaring a public health emergency for Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Both the President and HHS Secretary's actions allow CMS to put in place programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.

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Topics: S-10, worksheet s-10, Medicare DSH Reimbursement, DSH Reimbursement, uncompensated care, factor 3

2018 IPPS Final Rule: Worksheet S-10 Comes Off the Bench

Posted by Jamie Pennington on Aug 22, 2017 9:49:09 AM

The 2018 IPPS Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2017. The finalized changes will go into effect October 1, 2017. The Federal Register version can be viewed HERE (Medicare DSH begins on page 38189).  Below is SCA’s brief, yet comprehensive summary on the Medicare DSH/Uncompensated Care payment portion of the final rule as it will affect DSH hospitals.

 

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Topics: Medicare DSH Reimbursement, uncompensated care, worksheet s-10, Compliance, DSH Reimbursement, Industry Updates, S-10, regulations, final rule

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