Kentucky's plan to reduce Medicaid costs by limiting emergency department visits and cutting back on prescriptions could affect hospitals, but it's too early to gauge how much, Kentucky Hospital Association spokeswoman Carol Ormay said. State officials presented the plan at the KHA's healthcare leadership conference Wednesday. The state would limit Medicaid patients to four prescriptions per month in most cases and deny payment for emergency room visits not considered true emergencies. The proposal is part of the state's efforts to reduce a budget shortfall of about $425 million. Ormay said it's "certainly possible" the new rules would affect the 104 hospitals in Kentucky with emergency rooms, but "we don't know what's going to be defined as nonemergent care." State officials have said "it's not their intention to have a significant impact on hospitals," she said. -- by Michael Romano
Ky. hospitals unsure of impact of Medicaid ER plan
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