by: Virgil Dickson @ Modern Healthcare

Bucking outcry from providers, the CMS has finalized a rule related to pass-through payments in Medicaid managed care. The rule would block billions in supplemental funding to safety net providers.

The rule applies to all states with Medicaid managed care plans and are used to entice providers to see Medicaid beneficiaries. The CMS doesn't have exact numbers of providers that would be affected but it's estimated to be thousands of hospitals, doctors and clinics.

Provider groups were quick to voice their dismay.

“We are disappointed that CMS chose to finalize a rule that further limits pass-through payments, and could adversely affect both those hospitals dependent on supplemental payments and the patients they serve,” said AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels.

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