Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shannon Gets Bigger Chunk of Smaller UPL Pie

Tom Green County Commissioners awarded Shannon Medical Center a greater share of Upper Payment Limit monies.  Tom Green County contributes $1 million per year, which is levered by the state and federal government.  Shannon's share of UPL money rose from 80% to 85%, which sounds like a badly needed shot in the arm for San Angelo's safety net hospital,. burdened by state budget cuts and the City's exclusive provider arrangement with Community Medical Center.  It's not.

The match decreased from 3.55 to 2.5, so Shannon gets a bigger slice of a smaller pie.   Of the $1.05 million cut, Shannon's hit is $655,000, while SACMC loses $385,000. 

Shannon's stress is not alleviated by this move, not in the least.

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