Feds have questions about La public hospital deals
BATON ROUGE - The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have questions about Louisiana's plan to provide extra federal money to private hospitals that run state hospitals.
Those supplemental Medicaid payments are key to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to move the system out of Louisiana State University.
The Advocate reports that the questions are the response to Louisiana's proposal to change reimbursement for inpatient services. The federal centers must approve the change if hospitals not owned by the state are to get supplemental Medicaid payments.
The centers' associate regional administrator, Bill Brooks, sent a seven-page letter including a list of omissions in Louisiana's application.
State health and hospitals Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says the letter is nothing extraordinary, and Louisiana will answer every question.
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