The Mississippi Press, 7/23/8

Qualifying public hospitals will receive more than $88 million of reimbursement payments for uncompensated care costs. The Division of Medicaid notified the providers, and the hospitals will receive payments Thursday, according to a news from Gov. Haley Barbour.

The public hospitals participate in the federal disproportionate share program, which reimburses the hospitals with additional federal funds to help cover the costs of providing care for indigent or uninsured patients, or other uncompensated care. They pay a provider fee known as an intergovernmental transfer to maximize DSH payments.

Because the state match is collected through IGT, no private hospitals can participate at this time.