Hospital That Hired Fletcher Made $3.4 Million Deal With State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - About two months before former Gov. Ernie
Fletcher left office last year, the state made a deal to pay $3.4
million for disputed Medicaid claims to a Pikeville hospital that
eventually hired Fletcher as a consultant.
State Department for Medicaid Services records show the payment
was made in exchange for Pikeville Medical Center dropping its
claims for additional reimbursement. It was one of only two such
settlements last year and the only one late in Fletcher's
administration.
Louisville lawyer Stephen Price represents 32 other hospitals
that have made similar claims against the state but haven't reached
a settlement deal. He says some of his clients want to know why
they can't get the same deal.
Fletcher wasn't available for comment, but his former general
counsel, David Fleenor, says he sees no conflict between the job
and the settlement. He says the settlement was reached through the
Health and Family Services Cabinet and not through the governor's
office.
Pikeville Medical Center lawyer Masten Childers says he doesn't
believe Fletcher had anything to do with the settlement and says
there's no connection to Fletcher's consulting deal.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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