Local/Regional News
2:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

ARH, Coventry Cares Reach Temporary Agreement

HAZARD, Ky. -- Appalachian Regional Healthcare and managed care organization Coventry Cares have reached a temporary agreement to keep the status quo until June 30.

WYMT-TV reported that if the two can't reach an agreement by then, Coventry will notify beneficiaries then the state will open up enrollment in the region to switch managed care organizations.

Coventry Cares has threatened to cancel a Medicaid contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a hospital chain with facilities throughout the coalfields.

Coventry Cares had said it was looking to pull out of its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare after Friday.

The two had been set to go to court to ask a judge to decide whether ARH could force Coventry to allow its members to continue receiving care at ARH facilities.

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) -- Appalachian Regional Healthcare and managed care organization Coventry Cares have reached a temporary agreement to keep the status quo until June 30.

WYMT-TV reported that if the two can't reach an agreement by then, Coventry will notify beneficiaries then the state will open up enrollment in the region to switch managed care organizations.

Coventry Cares has threatened to cancel a Medicaid contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a hospital chain with facilities throughout the coalfields.

Coventry Cares had said it was looking to pull out of its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare after Friday.

The two had been set to go to court to ask a judge to decide whether ARH could force Coventry to allow its members to continue receiving care at ARH facilities.