Around the Nation: Montana hospitals will pay a fee to fund the state's Medicaid expansion

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The fee will generate an estimated $30 million over two years, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Montana, Texas, and West Virginia.

  • Missouri/Texas: Tenet Healthcare and EHR vendor Cerner just extended their long-term agreement under which they'll work together to make Tenet's information systems more efficient. Specifically, Tenet and Cerner will work to "enhance the functionality" of the health system's information systems by improving automation, cloud infrastructure, and user experience, according to Paola Arbour, CIO of Tenet (Cohen, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/7). 

  • Montana: The Montana Hospital Association announced Thursday that Montana hospitals will pay a fee of 0.95% of their outpatient revenue to help fund the state's Medicaid expansion. Half of the fee will go toward funding the expansion and the other half will help increase provider reimbursement rates for traditional Medicaid. The fee will generate an estimated $30 million over two years (Hanson, AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/7).

  • West Virginia: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Thursday announced that it is awarding Thomas Health $1 million to expand substance misuse residential treatment services. The treatment services, which will operate through Thomas Memorial Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, will serve five counties in West Virginia. The funding is part of a statewide plan to fight the opioid epidemic (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/8).

Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders.

The Daily Briefing editorial teams have been tracking where each state stands on the issue since the ruling, combing through lawmakers' statements, press releases, and media coverage. In this latest iteration of our Medicaid map, we've determined each state's position based on legislative or executive actions to expand coverage to low-income residents using ACA funding.

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