Faced with monumental financial losses, Pennsylvania hospitals yesterday made the fourth quarterly installment of the Quality Care Assessment (QCA) for fiscal year 2019-2020, in the amount of $250 million. Hospitals have now paid the entire $1 billion assessment.
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is strongly advocating for the governor and General Assembly to support hospitals as they face projected losses of more than $10 billion from COVID-19. With no assistance from the state – and while reducing staff and facing concerns of closures – hospitals fulfilled their obligation to make the assessment payments.
“The state government’s action to order the cancellation of scheduled services for patients in response to COVID-19 has forced hospitals to make very difficult financial decisions that are impacting employees, patients, and the communities they serve,” said Andy Carter, president and CEO of HAP. “We continue to implore state elected leaders to provide a lifeline for all hospitals as they work to sustain operations jeopardized by a pandemic that can cause lasting harm to the access to care for all Pennsylvanians.”
HAP strongly encourages the governor and General Assembly to band together and support hospitals with federal CARES Act money the state received. It is designated by law for COVID-19-related expenses.
In a poll commissioned by HAP, nearly 60% of those surveyed prioritized hospitals and front-line workers as their first or second choice to receive CARES Act funding. Nearly 70% agreed hospitals are an important employer and an economic anchor to their communities.