Allen Dobson, Ph.D. recently served as the plaintiff’s expert witness in the Connecticut Department of Social Services Medicaid rate appeals. In these appeals, a number of hospitals in Connecticut collectively challenged Medicaid inpatient and outpatient hospital payment rates between 2012 and 2016. As expert witness, Dr. Dobson demonstrated the inadequacy of Connecticut Medicaid payment rates during this period and explained how this inadequacy has impacted Connecticut hospitals’ financial health. Dr. Dobson was supported by a team of analysts at Dobson | DaVanzo throughout the legal process.
These appeals were part of a broader set of legal claims that Connecticut hospitals, under the Connecticut Hospital Association, filed against the State challenging the hospital user fee. Involved parties have recently disclosed that they have reached a settlement agreement covering all pending legal claims in which hospitals will receive one-time retroactive Medicaid payments and Medicaid hospital rates will be increased by approximately two percent per year over the next seven years. The agreement also reduces the hospital user fee and increases supplemental payments over the same time . The settlement agreement must still be approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services before it can be finalized.