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Some Fla. hospitals battle state’s bid to cut Medicaid reimbursement for outpatient care

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Some hospitals across Florida have filed administrative challenges against the state over reimbursement rates for outpatient care of Medicaid beneficiaries.

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration proposed changes in 2016 to cut outpatient payment rates for care for ¬†Medicaid beneficiaries. The hospitals assert that because the AHCA ¬†exceeded its authority the proposed rule is invalid.

One of the hospitals challenging the proposed payment cut, Fort Myers-based Lee Health,  estimates that its Medicaid reimbursement will fall by $4.9 million if the proposed changes are implemented.

Others challenging the proposed reimbursement cut include hospitals owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and hospitals in Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA’s network.

To read a News-Press article on the dispute, please hit this link.

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