‘Good first step’
N.H. providers laud ruling requiring prior notice of Medicaid cuts
New Hampshire providers say the federal ruling requiring the state’s health commissioner to provide notice and justification of reductions in Medicaid reimbursement is a solid start in their effort to address the cuts in reimbursement.
The March 2 order means the “state has to recognize their fiscal responsibility for Medicaid patients,” said Frank Mcdougall Jr., vice president of government relations at Dartmouth-hitchcock Health in Lebanon, N.H.
“It’s an exceptionally good first step,” Mcdougall said.
The 371-bed Dartmouth-hitchcock Med- ical Center was one of 10 hospitals to sue the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services last year, alleging that the state had violated the Medicaid Act by not providing sufficient reimbursement for Medicaid patients and that the health commissioner failed to notify providers of rate reductions and provide opportunities for