(a) For state fiscal year 2018, an assessment is imposed on each privately operated hospital in the amount of 5.50 percent of net patient revenue in fiscal year 2014. The assessment is a cost of doing business as a privately operated hospital in the State of Alabama. Annually, the Medicaid Agency shall make a determination of whether changes in federal law or regulation have adversely affected hospital Medicaid reimbursement since October 1, 2015, or a reduction in capitation rates has occurred. If the agency determines that adverse impact to hospital Medicaid reimbursement has occurred, or will occur, the agency shall report its findings to the Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee who shall propose an amendment to Act 2013-246 during any legislative session prior to the start of the upcoming fiscal year from the year the report was made, to address the adverse impact. The assessment imposed on each private hospital under this section shall be reduced pro rata, if the total disproportionate share allotment for all hospitals is reduced before or during the 2018 fiscal year, as a result of any action by Alabama Medicaid Agency or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(b)(1) For state fiscal year 2018, net patient revenue shall be determined using the data from each private hospital's fiscal year ending 2014 Medicare Cost Report contained in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Healthcare Cost Information System.
(2) The Medicare Cost Report for 2014 for each private hospital shall be used for fiscal year 2018. If the Medicare Cost Report is not available in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Healthcare Cost Report Information System, the hospital shall submit a copy to the department to determine the hospital's net patient revenue for fiscal year 2014.
(3) If a privately operated hospital commenced operations after the due date for a 2014 Medicare Cost Report, the hospital shall submit its most recent Medicare Cost Report to the department in order to allow the department to determine the hospital's net patient revenue.
(c) This article does not authorize a unit of county or local government to license for revenue or impose a tax or assessment upon hospitals or a tax or assessment measured by the income or earnings of a hospital.