On October 26, 2018, Judge Ketanji Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that certain patient days for individuals in the Commonwealth Care program should be included in calculating DSH Medicare reimbursement for 12 Massachusetts hospitals serving large numbers of poor patients.
On October 24, 2018, the President signed H.R. 6, the Support for Patients and Communities Act. The new legislation contains amendments to Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal laws to address the opioid crisis.
On September 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning certain past payments to a number of mostly non-profit hospitals under the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Maryland requesting a declaratory judgment that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional, and a court order preventing the federal government from taking any action is inconsistent with that conclusion.