The Commercial Appeal reports there's some tension in the General Assembly about whether Democrats will support the hospital assessment fee again this year. The fee would, like last year, would be assesed against hospitals' revenues in order to draw down mathing federal funds and fill TennCare's budget hole. Read the story here.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Bureau of TennCare, where we have demonstrated our understanding of the unique features associated with TennCare and the managed care environment in which it operates” said Maria Perrin, HMS Executive Vice President for Government Services. “We are especially pleased to assist the State in complying with the mandate of the Affordable Care Act for expansion of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program to Medicaid.”HMS has recovered more than $180 million for Tennessee, and generated more than $1 billion in cost savings.
THA President Craig Becker said the group's board agreed to ask Gov. Bill Haslam and the Legislature to extend a hospital "assessment" fee, enacted last year, for an additional 12 months. In addition, hospitals have agreed to raise the fee, now at 3.52 percent of hospitals' net patient revenues, to 4 percent or a little more, Becker said. It currently raises about $290 million annually, and the increase would push that to $400 million or $430 million per year, Becker said. The money would be used by the state to draw federal matching funds — providing a total of about $1.2 billion for the estimated $8 billion program. Nothing is final yet, Becker said.
“We are building on the UnitedHealthcare brand and its recognition in the marketplace to make health care simpler and more effective for all those we serve, especially our members and the state of Tennessee,” said Scott Bowers, president, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. “The change to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan allows us to speak with one voice to our members, care providers, employers and other constituents.”The health plan serves 58,000 people in Tennessee.