§ 10.13. Hospital stabilization formula and assessment; Hospital Stabilization Fund

Currency:Current through November 8, 2016

(A)Hospital Stabilization Formula.

(1)The legislature may annually adopt a Hospital Stabilization Formula, hereafter referred to in this Section as "the formula", by concurrent resolution by a favorable vote of a majority of the elected members of each house. Such resolution shall be referred to the standing committees of the legislature that hear the general appropriation bill. The formula shall, to the maximum extent possible, enhance the economic viability of Louisiana hospitals and reduce shifting the cost of caring for Louisiana's needy residents to the state's insured residents.


(a)The first formula established pursuant to Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph, which shall require a favorable vote of two-thirds of the elected members of each house for adoption, shall define and establish as the base reimbursement level under the Louisiana medical assistance program provided for in Title XIX of the Social Security Act, hereafter referred to as the "Medicaid Program", to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services in Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The formula shall also provide for the preservation and protection of rural hospitals as provided for by law. Each formula established thereafter may apply a rate of inflation, which shall not be a negative rate, to the base reimbursement level from the previous formula adopted by the legislature.

(b)Each formula shall also include and establish assessments to be paid by hospitals and the basis on which such assessments shall be calculated, provided the amount of the assessments does not exceed the nonfederal share of the reimbursement enhancements.

(c)Each formula shall also establish reimbursement enhancements under the Medicaid Program, or its successor, achieving the maximum reimbursement by federal law and resulting in distributing such reimbursement enhancements exclusively among hospitals for hospital services. Reimbursement enhancements may also be distributed for uninsured services delivered.

(d)Each formula shall also include any additional provisions necessary to the implementation of the formula. Neither the assessments nor the reimbursement enhancements established in the formula adopted by the legislature shall be implemented until each has been approved by the federal authority which administers the Medicaid Program.

(3)The base reimbursement level resulting from the formula shall not be paid from the Hospital Stabilization Fund.

(4)No additional assessment shall be collected and any assessment shall be terminated for the remainder of the fiscal year from the date on which any of the following occur:

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