$ 1.1 billion available next year to support hospitals, according to Beshear – The Advocate-Messenger

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky hospitals that meet federal quality measures can receive up to $ 1.1 billion in additional payments for Medicaid services next year, Governor Andy Beshear said Wednesday.

The funding, available through a federally approved and state-led payment model, helps provide and expand quality health care to the state’s 1.6 million Medicaid members.

With more than a third of Kentucky’s population enrolled in Medicaid, the governor said the payments are key to building a better Kentucky by ensuring equal access to care across the Commonwealth.

“Health care is a basic human right and our people deserve the best possible care,” Governor Beshear said. “This year, our state has faced so much tragedy and heartache from the pandemic, tornadoes and other natural disasters, and we are grateful to our hospitals for continuing to provide quality health care to our families in Kentucky. in need. “

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Family Services Eric Friedlander said this was the second additional funding announcement for Kentucky hospitals in 2021. In January, the governor announced that Kentucky hospitals would receive an additional $ 800 billion to $ 1 billion annually, to help advance quality clinical care. to Medicaid members and provide a stable base for hospitals financially stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky Hospital Association President Nancy Galvagni said, “On behalf of our members, KHA is delighted that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the continuation of the Hospital Rate Improvement Program for the calendar year. 2022. The ongoing partnership between CHFS and Kentucky hospitals made this request a success. . “

“Medicaid is the largest payer of health care services in our Commonwealth, and we must continue to think outside the box to bring this program further into the 21st century,” said Lee, Commissioner of Kentucky Medicaid. “This collaboration between Medicaid and KHA is an example of this type of innovative thinking, allowing us to reward our providers for providing quality services to our members. “

The state-led payment initiative will be in place for the whole of 2022 and will need to be renewed annually in the future.

By law in the state of Kentucky, teaching hospitals and public mental hospitals are excluded from this payment increase.

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