Legislatively enacted with a July 1, 2010 effective date, the Hospital Provider Payment Program (HPPP) requires that most Georgia hospitals make quarterly payments to the state based on a percentage of their annual net patient revenue. The HPPP was originally enacted with the passage of House Bill (H.B.) 1055 and was effective for a three-year period through June 30, 2013.
The General Assembly passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 24 in early 2013 that allowed for the continuation of the program through June 30, 2017. S.B. 24 authorized the Department of Community Health to assess one or more provider payments on hospitals for the purpose of obtaining federal financial participation for Medicaid. The department promulgated rules in the spring of 2013 to continue the HPPP program and created a new program, the Hospital Medicaid Financing Program, that will increase Medicaid payments to help hospitals that have net losses from the HPPP program. With its passage of S.B. 70 in 2017, the General Assembly renewed S.B. 24’s authorization which will allow DCH to continue to assess provider payments on hospitals through June 30, 2020.
GHA Public Comments for HPPP-Related Medicaid Payment Increase – March 2017