Ky. Hospital Sues HHS Over Medicare Pay Rates For Needy

Law360, Washington (March 17, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky hospital on Friday asked a federal court to review and reverse a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decision excluding indigent patients receiving state aid from a calculation used to determine the hospital’s Medicare reimbursement payments.

Owensboro Health Inc., an acute care facility that is considered a “disproportionate share hospital,” or DSH, serving a large number of low-income patients, claims HHS wrongly excluded patients who received medical assistance through the state-funded Kentucky Hospital Care Program.

HHS had excluded those patients from calculations because...
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