Sherri - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
LACONIA, N.H. -- Two area hospitals and several medical offices will stop treating patients on Medicaid in the upcoming weeks, LRG Healthcare officials said.
LRG Healthcare, which operates Lakes Regional General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital, announced that its facilities would no longer accept new or existing patients on Medicaid by mid-November. Company officials said financial challenges prompted the decision that will affect more than 3,000 patients.
Letters citing unprecedented financial challenges and announcing the decision were sent to patients.
"We are saddened to have to take this action but, regrettably, have no choice," the company's president and CEO wrote in a statement.
The governor's office accused the health care provider of turning its back on its nonprofit mission. Spokesman Colin Manning said state officials were not given notice of the decision and that the state had not reduced its reimbursement rate for physician services.
"Cuts to health care is one of the reasons the governor opposed the budget that the Legislature put forward; however, that being said, the governor thinks these moves are unnecessary and irresponsible," Manning said.
LRG Healthcare officials said a reduction in Medicaid payments and a reduced demand for services due to a weak economy forced them to reduce staff and cut overhead. Officials said they were still operating with a $4 million loss.
LRG Healthcare said several primary care offices are impacted, including Andover Family Practice, Belknap Family Health, Caring For Women, Franklin Internal Medicine, Hillside Family Medicine, Laconia Clinic, Lakes Regional Family Practice, Moultonborough Family Health and New Hampton Family Practice.
Emergency care will continue for Medicaid patients, along with patients covered by NH Healthy Kids and prenatal services at Caring For Women locations, officials said.
LRG Healthcare said it would help patients transfer medical records.
The governor's office said LRG Healthcare has joined a lawsuit over state reductions. The office also said it would urge the attorney general to review the health care provider's nonprofit status since it will not be providing primary care to Medicaid patients.
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