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Long-Term Care Hospitals Want Redo in Suit over Bad Debt Pay

Sept. 27, 2021, 2:45 PM

A group of long-term care hospitals asked a federal appeals court to rehear its appeal over the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s refusal to reimburse it over $3 million for patients’ bad debts.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overlooked and misapplied key facts and points of law when it decided HHS’s decision didn’t violate either the Administrative Procedure Act’s notice-and-comment rulemaking requirement or HHS’s bad debt moratorium, the hospitals said in a petition for rehearing or rehearing en banc.

Under the Medicare Act, the federal program will pay for bad debts …

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