A new payment plan the N.C. General Assembly passed last week could bring some hospitals more money from the federal government.
But UNC Hospitals will not benefit.
If the bill is signed into law, hospitals will be required to pay the state a fee based on their Medicaid costs, which will be used by the state to draw more money from the federal government.
“Most hospitals will gain from this fee,” said Rep. Jim Crawford, D-Granville, one of the bill’s sponsors.
“The public hospitals don’t gain as much from the bill,” Crawford said. “Duke Hospitals is the largest gainer.”
Legislators expect Gov. Bev Perdue will sign the bill, Crawford said.
He said he anticipates the plan will go into effect soon after it is passed and certainly by the start of the state’s fiscal year — July 1.
UNC Hospitals and other hospitals across the state annually lose money on uncompensated care and shortages in Medicaid reimbursements. UNC expects $306 million in uncompensated care losses for 2011.
The federal government is required to match Medicaid payments at least at 50 percent, depending on the state, said Karen McCall, spokeswoman for the hospital.