Texas and the federal government tentatively resolved a high-stakes health care funding inquiry on Monday, averting a major disruption to hospital funding.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reached the tentative agreement Monday. They expect a formal, written agreement during the next two weeks.
After requesting records over the summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deferred a $74.9 million payment to the Health and Human Services Commission in September. The payment covered uncompensated care provided by hospital systems in Dallas County, Tarrant County and Nueces County — where the local Hospital District works with the Christus Spohn Health System to provide health care to the county’s poorest residents. Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Corpus Christi Medical Center also benefit from payments through the federal program.