KHA Says Overwhelming Majority of Hospitals Still Report Unpaid MCO Claims

Oct 25, 2013

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Kentucky Hospital Association director Michael Rust says the KHA appreciates Gov. Steve Beshear's efforts to resolve issues related to the Medicaid managed care system, but the overwhelming majority of hospitals are still reporting significant dollar amounts owed to them by Kentucky’s MCOs in unpaid claims.

Beshear touted the system’s smooth operations Thursday at a press conference.

Rust said the KHA is committed to working with the governor to resolve the issues.

“We know managed care is here to say,” Rust said. “We do believe there are some issues still outstanding and we want to work with the governor and the MCOs and the cabinets to get these things resolved.”

The KHA released a statement Friday that said hospitals have seen a slight uptick in current claims processing and a slight decline in overall accounts receivables since the governor directed MCOs to clean up claims. However, the amount of unpaid claims actually owed to hospitals is 60-70 percent higher compared to unpaid bills in October 2011, before managed care was implemented.