Vicksburg hospital sues Louisiana over Medicaid

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A hospital in Mississippi has sued

Louisiana's Medicaid program for what it calls inadequate

reimbursement for non-emergency patients.

In addition, River Region Medical Center says no Medicaid

patients from Louisiana will be accepted after December First.

The hospital has filed suit in Louisiana, seeking to recover

cost differences between what it said it should have been paid

during the last five years for extended care to patients and what

Louisiana actually paid.

River Region serves Medicaid patients from East Carroll, Madison

and Tensas parishes in Louisiana.

River Region says patients needing emergency treatment will

still be accepted.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals limited

payments to out-of-state providers in 1999, when the agency was

headed by current Governor Bobby Jindal.

The Louisiana Legislature failed to pass a bill this year that

would have increased payments to out-of-state hospitals with at

least 1,000 inpatient days in 2007.

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