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Florida Hospitals Sue for Payments for Care for Undocumented Residents

Florida hospitals are challenging the state’s implementation of a Medicaid regulation that calls for the state to pay hospitals only for the care they provide to stabilize undocumented, uninsured patients but not for any additional care those patients require. The state maintains that it was always supposed to pay according to this standard even as it implemented a new Medicaid regulation reinforcing that standard.  It also is seeking to recover, retroactive to 2005, all Medicaid payments to hospitals beyond those for services that stabilized undocumented, uninsured emergency patients. Such a policy has major implications for the state’s urban safety-net hospitals, [&hellip

CBO Puts Price Tag on Medicare “Doc Fix”

With Medicare payments to doctors scheduled to fall 27 percent on January 1, 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has put a price tag on preventing that cut and keeping physician payments at their current level:  $18.5 billion over 10 years to keep payments at their current level for 2013 alone and $48 billion in cuts to leave them untouched for both 2013 and 2014. Read more about the these projections and the options Congress faces in this CBO document

Does More Medicaid Mean Longer, Healthier Lives?

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the residents of states that have lower barriers to Medicaid eligibility will live longer and healthier lives than those who live in states that grant eligibility only to those whose coverage is mandated by federal law. According to the study, the mortality rate in states that expand their Medicaid programs is six percent lower than in states that do not expand their programs. The study has been released just as many states are weighing whether to take advantage of the enhanced funding the federal government is offering [&hellip

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