Appalachian Regional Healthcare en Medicaid Regulations No Match for Rural Roads <p>The dispute between an Eastern Kentucky hospital chain and private Medicaid operators has lawyers arguing distance versus drive time.</p><p>Under state regulations, a private Medicaid operator cannot sign up a patient unless it has a doctor or hospital within 60 miles of that patient&#39;s home. But that distance is measured as the crow flies and the state doesn&#39;t take into account narrow and winding Appalachian roads. For many patients, it may be faster to visit a doctor that&#39;s 70 miles away than it is to visit one that&#39;s 50 miles away.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:30:30 +0000 Kenny Colston 663 at Disputes Between ARH and Coventry Leads to Confusion for Patients <p>A continued contract dispute between an Eastern Kentucky hospital network and the largest private Medicaid operator in the state is leading to confusion in the region.</p><p>CoventryCares and Appalachian Region Healthcare are locked in a legal dispute over a new contract, with another court hearing scheduled for tomorrow.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:38:43 +0000 Kenny Colston 615 at State Responds to Medicaid Operator Ending Contract <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; "><em>This is an update to an&nbsp;<a href="">earlier story</a>.</em></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:23:45 +0000 Devin Katayama 120 at