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Lifecare Hospitals’ $3.7 Million Debt Row Heard at Appeals Court

April 22, 2021, 4:21 PM

A group of long-term care hospitals argued Thursday that the D.C. Circuit should reverse a lower court’s decision preventing them from recovering Medicare reimbursement for $3.7 million in bad debt associated with care provided to patients between 2008 and 2012.

Judges Karen L. Henderson, Robert L. Wilkins, and Justin R. Walker heard the arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, with Wilkins and Walker doing most of the questioning.

The dispute centers around a Medicare policy requiring hospitals to submit “remittance advice” letters showing what the state’s Medicaid program was or wasn’t willing to pay for ...

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