Society
9:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Coventry Care issues

The CEO of Kentucky’s largest private Medicaid operator says mistakes in state government caused his company to push for changes in its contracts with healthcare providers.  

Michael Murphy says Coventry Cares lost $50 million in the first quarter of this year. In response, Coventry tried to revise its contracts with doctors in hospitals so the company would pay less to reimburse healthcare providers for treating Medicaid patients.  Murphy says the losses were caused by last-minute changes in state regulations and bad data from state officials.

Coincidentally, Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Audrey Haynes says the state has saved $50 million since Medicaid was privatized.