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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Medicaid Providers Seeking Higher Reimbursement Rates

In a 5-4 decision issued on March 31, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid providers cannot sue state Medicaid agencies pursuant to Section 30(A) of the Medicaid Act for failure to raise reimbursement rates. A January 20, 2015 post on this blog describes the background of the case, Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc. Justice Scalia, writing for the majority, opined that the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution does not provide a basis to imply a private right of action to enjoin a state law or regulation that is inconsistent with federal law.

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms: State Licensing Boards Without Active State Supervision Susceptible to Antitrust Suits for Anticompetitive Behavior

On February 25, the US Supreme Court released its decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, reaffirming the rule that state professional licensing boards controlled by active market participants that are not “actively supervised” by the State do not enjoy state-action immunity from antitrust enforcement. As a result, both regulators and regulated health care professionals may find a need to reevaluate state licensing board activity.

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Providers May Sue State Medicaid Officials for Failing to Raise Reimbursement Rates

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case brought by providers of residential rehabilitation services to Medicaid eligible individuals against the Director and Deputy Director of Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) challenging IDHW’s failure to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates that had been in effect since July 1, 2006.

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