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W.Va. hospital loses poor-patient rate request

November 29, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Beckley hospital's bid to have the state recalculate reimbursement rates for treating low-income and indigent patients has been rejected by the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Appalachian Regional Health Care operates Beckley ARH Hospital. It filed suit in 2010 against the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services seeking the recalculation.

In its lawsuit, Beckley ARH contended the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates were "grossly inadequate" and failed to cover the medical services it provided.

Circuit Judge James G. Stucky dismissed the suit, and the State Journal ( ) reports that the Supreme Court affirmed that decision.

The justices noted that Beckley ARH had been a willing participant in the reimbursement program.

The court said state law does not provide for the relief sought by the Beckley hospital.


Information from: The State Journal,



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