In letter to Governor Patrick, hospital group calls Medicaid cuts ‘unsound public policy’

Chelsea Conaboy, Boston Globe, July 9, 2012 The Massachusetts Hospital Association sent a letter to Governor Patrick last week asking him to stop proposed administrative changes the group says would result in cuts of about $40 million to Medicaid payments for hospitals. The changes, effective October 1, “represent the continued practice of shifting of government costs onto providers,” President Lynn Nicholas wrote to Patrick in a letter dated July 3. “This cost shifting practice is unsound public policy and stands as a direct barrier to the reform effort in Massachusetts.” ... In