By Harris Meyer
The U.S. Supreme Court has severely limited the ability of healthcare providers to sue state Medicaid agencies over the adequacy of rates. But in handing down that decision Tuesday, the high court seemed to flatly contradict itself on the power of the feds to tell states how to run their Medicaid programs.
Experts told Modern Healthcare’s Schencker that they were not aware of HHS ever withholding money from a state on such a large scale for paying too-low rates. “That is the nuclear option, double down,” said Jane Perkins, legal director of the National Health Law Program, who supported the providers in Armstrong case. “It’s nonsensical (HHS) would ever do that.” Read the full article here. »