The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has
awarded a three-year contract to UMass Medical School (UMMS) to assist
with New Hampshire's Disproportionate Share Hospital program.
The agreement, valued at $600,000 over three years, will be managed by
for Health Law and Economics, part of UMMS' Commonwealth Medicine
The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program provides financial
assistance to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income
patients, such as people with Medicaid coverage and the uninsured.
Nationally, federal Medicaid DSH payments are the largest source of
federal funding for uncompensated hospital care.1
As part of its work, UMMS will assist with management of the DSH
program, providing New Hampshire officials with subject matter
expertise, fiscal and legal services, and assistance with myriad policy
and compliance issues related to federal mandates that are part of the
"We are very pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with New
Hampshire DHHS to assist the agency in managing this complex and very
important program," said Jean Sullivan, Director of the Center for
Health Law and Economics, and UMMS Associate Vice Chancellor. "This
partnership is strengthened by our common commitment to pulic service,
the desire to ensure that New Hampshire's Medicaid recipients receive
the highest quality care possible and that the DSH program keeps pace
with the health care system changes coming over the next three years
under the federal Affordable Care Act."
The new contract continues a longstanding relationship between the
Medical School and New Hampshire DHHS. For nearly 30 years, UMMS has
provided New Hampshire with newborn screening services through its New
England Newborn Screening Program. The Medical School has also
provided disability determination services to the state since 2008. Over
the past several years, the Center for Health Law and Economics has also
worked with the New Hampshire Insurance Department on a number of health
care-related projects, including a
recent report examining price variation among New Hampshire hospitals.
Work under the new contract will begin immediately.
About the University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the
fastest-growing academic health sciences centers in the country, has
built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently
producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The
Medical School attracts more than $255 million in research funding
annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. The
mission of the Medical School is to advance the health and well-being of
the people of Massachusetts and the world, through pioneering education,
research, public service, and health care delivery. Commonwealth
Medicine, the Medical School's health care consulting and operations
division, provides a wide range of care management and consulting
services to government agencies and health care organizations. For more
information, visit commed.umassmed.edu.
1 The Basics - Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital
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