Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Policy Term Definition

Disproportionate share hospitals serve a significantly disproportionate number of low-income patients; as such, they receive adjustment payments to provide additional help. The primary method of qualification is based on the sum of the percentage of Medicare inpatient days and the percentage of total patient days attributable to patients eligible for Medicaid but not eligible for Medicare Part A. Among other requirements, DSHs must have a DSH adjustment percentage >11.75% to be 340B eligible.