Kentucky hospital chain in dispute with Medicaid contractor

From the C-J

 FRANKFORT, KY. — An eastern Kentucky

hospital chain has asked a federal judge to
intervene in a dispute with a Medicaid


Attorneys for Appalachian Regional
Healthcare say patient care will be
disrupted and workers will be laid off
unless the judge issues an emergency
order forcing Coventry Cares to allow its
members to continue receiving care at its

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports
attorneys filed a request Tuesday seeking
the injunction against Coventry.

If Coventry terminates its contract with
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, it would
affect about 25,000 people in the state’s
poorest region. The healthcare system
includes eight hospitals and several clinics
and home-health agencies.

The state decided last year to switch
Medicaid to a managed-care program as a
way to save money, but problems have
arisen during its implementation.