Maine hospitals sue over federal reimbursements

5:20 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Eight Maine hospitals are suing the federal government over a formula used to reimburse hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of low-income patients.

The lawsuit contends hospitals relied on a private contractor for making calculations but that the formula was later changed.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks to recoup millions of dollars the hospitals had to repay.

Joining in the lawsuit were Maine Medical Center in Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, MidCoast Hospital in Brunswick, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Mercy Hospital in Portland, Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.

The lawsuit is separate from hospitals' attempts to recoup from the state $484 million in outstanding Medicaid payments dating to 2009.

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