The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/16, Twedt) reports that the US Supreme Court next week “will hear oral arguments on an Idaho case that could carry implications for” healthcare entities that serve Medicaid beneficiaries. The case centers on whether healthcare entities have a right to sue a state for not adequately reimbursing them. The article explains that five nonprofit health entities filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare after the state froze Medicaid payment rates in 2006. In 2011, “a US district judge ordered the state to increase its reimbursement rates, a ruling upheld on appeal last April.”
— “Supreme Court to weigh hospitals’ right to higher Medicaid reimbursement,” Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 16, 2015.