W.Va. Hospital Loses Poor-Patient Rate Request

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Beckley hospital's bid to have the state recalculate reimbursement rates for treating low-income and indigent patients is 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 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.

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