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.