HHS Gets Deference In Medicaid Cut Reviews, 9th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 5:08 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled in an opinion published Thursday that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deserves deference when approving changes to Medicaid plans, endorsing a conclusion that states need not take any particular steps when trimming reimbursement rates.

The appeals court decision overturned an injunction blocking California from enacting 10 percent payment cuts, rejecting complaints from hospitals, pharmacists, dentists and assisted living centers that a study of provider costs was a required precursor to such spending reductions.

The Social Security...
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