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Hospital sues Idaho prison contractor over medical bills

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A hospital system has filed a lawsuit against a company hired to provide medical care for Idaho's prison inmates, claiming it owes more than $14 million in medical bills. The Idaho Statesman reports the Saint Alphonsus Health System filed the suit Wednesday against prison contractor Corizon, claiming it has refused pay and refused to engage in settlement discussions. The hospital system claims that Corizon has not paid the "usual and customary rates" from February 2015 through March 2018. The lawsuit also seeks $5 million in interest on the medical bills. Corizon has asserted that it should only be required to pay Medicaid rates for patients from the prison system. Corizon officials say the hospital system has been appropriately paid the Medicaid rates.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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