House OKs bill to oversee Medicaid pay disputes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House has approved a bill that would give Kentucky hospitals a quicker way to file grievances over Medicaid payments.

The bill would allow health care providers, such as hospitals, to file complaints with the Department of Insurance to dispute the amount of Medicaid payments they receive from managed care organizations on behalf of patients. Currently, complaints are filed with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where there is a backlog of grievances.

The Department of Insurance has more authority to enforce the state's Medicaid payment laws. The House passed the measure on Wednesday. It will proceed to the Senate.

A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would address the payment dispute issue. But it applies only to emergency care reimbursements.

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