NASHVILLE — Tennessee Medical Association officials said today the statewide physicians’ group backs the 3.5 percent “coverage assessment” that hospitals have proposed to offset the need to cut TennCare by an estimated $659 million in the 2010-2011 budget.
The assessment would raise an estimated $230 million that would attract an estimated $429 million in federal matching funds. Part of the money would go toward softening a planned 7 percent cut in provider reimbursement fees to hospitals and physicians.
The legislation moved through the Senate General Welfare Committee late this afternoon on an 8-0 vote.
Incoming Tennessee Medical Association President B.W. Ruffner, a Chattanooga physician, said in a news release that “we have heard from physicians all across the state that they had grave concerns over their abilities to remain in the TennCare program if the fees were cut another seven percent while we are seeing more patients enter the program during these tough economic times.”
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...