Virginia hospitals sue over payment cuts for ER visits

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The cuts “will cause irreparable damage not just to needy patient populations, but also to medical facilities and doctor practices themselves, which are already dealing with increased costs and reduced profits due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads the problem submitted by the Virginia Hospital & & Healthcare Association, the Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, according to the report..

Trade groups that represent health centers and physicians in Virginia are suing the states Medicaid program over cuts to compensation rates for emergency clinic gos to, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch..

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The budget plan actions allow the state to lower payments for ER services later considered to be unnecessary and cut payments for services supplied to Medicaid clients who are readmitted to the health center within one month when the readmission was possibly avoidable, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch..

The lower Medicaid rates are an outcome of more than $2 billion in emergency budget plan cuts the Virginia General Assembly made in April. Healthcare facilities and doctors in the state say the cuts will cost them $55 million in decreased repayment, according to the report..

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