To be eligible, a children’s hospital must meet the following criteria:
1. Be an inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS)-exempt facility as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), or
2. Be a Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) facility. Children’s hospitals that meet these criteria are free-standing facilities not affiliated with larger hospital systems. In contrast to affiliated children’s hospitals, these facilities have not, with minor exceptions, qualified for targeted relief to the same degree as system-affiliated children’s hospitals.
As the revenue from children’s hospitals was included in the calculations (particularly with regard to general distributions) when paying the larger hospital systems, HHS expects that in kind, the systems will ensure that resources are being provided to ensure patient access and care for parents seeking care for their children.