MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- TennCare is preparing to implement new guidelines that would put upper and lower limits on payments to hospitals.
The idea is to limit the disparity between what two different hospitals are paid for the same treatment.
The disparity exists because TennCare contracts with insurance companies that negotiate rates with hospitals and clinics.
Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker told The Commercial Appeal the new guidelines were needed to placate hospitals that get paid at the lower end of the scale. They are expected to go into effect in July.
Becker said the Hospital Association began negotiating the changes with TennCare in 2010. That's when the group needed hospitals across the state to support a fee on their revenues that was used to shore up TennCare after budget cuts.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.