The Tennessee Hospital Association may ask the state legislature to approve an extension of the "enhanced coverage fee" created this year to help them avoid more than $700 million in cuts to the TennCare program, Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports:
Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker said he "wouldn't call it a foregone conclusion that we'll continue" the assessment. Becker said "it's just a question of if we go forward with the fee, what are we going to cover? I have to tell you, people are just coming out of the woodwork, thinking we should fund their program, and that's not what these dollars are for."Check out NashvillePost.com's coverage of the fee at this link.
Dec 29, 2010 9:31 AM
Andy Sher says the Bredesen administration is counting on Tennessee Hospital Association members to pony up $121.5 million next year when some federal matching funds run out. Uhh, hold on a sec...
Hospitals “kind of feel like we’ve already bailed out the state,” Becker said. “To tack on another $120 million ... there’d probably be some resistance on that. We’ll figure it out when we get a little bit closer.”
Sep 28, 2010 8:09 AM
Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has the update on the Tennessee Hospital Association's "coverage fee" legislation. The bill — which authorizes a 3.5 percent fee on hospital revenues to offset TennCare cuts — passed through the House Finance Committee this week. From the story:
"Today's unanimous vote in the House Finance Committee was another big step in restoring $659 million in proposed TennCare cuts," Hospital Association President Craig Becker said. "We are optimistic that the legislation will receive the same positive response by the full Senate on Thursday and the full House next week."
Apr 29, 2010 8:24 AM
Given the snail-like speed of the federal government, the hospital revenue taxes under consideration in many states, including Tennessee, it could be a while before they have any impact on state Medicaid program.
Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved plans for Colorado's hospital tax almost one year after state legislators passed the law, reports the Denver Post. Gov. Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1293 on April 21, 2009, authorizing collection of the hospital provider fee.The background on Tennessee's plan for a "coverage fee" is here. The legislation creating the fee is expected to go before the state's Senate finance committee on April 13th and the House budget committee on April 14th.
Apr 7, 2010 2:34 PM
The Tennessee Medical Association said today it supports the Tennessee Hospital Association's plan to impose a 3.5 percent fee on hospital revenues to mitigate the effects of planned TennCare cuts. Legislation submitted last week should help the state raise a total of $659 million.
“We have heard from physicians all across the state that they had grave concerns over their abilities to remain in the TennCare program if the fees were cut another 7 percent in a time we are seeing more patients entering the program during these tough economic times,” said incoming TMA president B.W. Ruffner, MD, from Chattanooga. “We are thankful that we may all have a respite in order to keep the program sustained at least for the next 12 months without having to limit benefits or cut patients from the program,” said Dr. Ruffner. “It would not be possible without the solution offered by the hospitals in Tennessee and the additional stimulus funds available from the CMS.”
Mar 24, 2010 11:33 AM
The Times Free Press reports on today's THA presentation to the legislature on an "enhanced coverage fee" of 3.5 percent on the revenues of most hospitals in the state. The revenue tax plan — which is larger than its initial iterations — is designed to draw down matching federal dollars and offset the impact of proposed TennCare cuts.
Mar 4, 2010 3:54 PM