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Court: Medicaid providers didn’t exhaust government appeals

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina’s highest court has decided a lawsuit filed by medical offices that treat state Medicaid patients over a new billing system they say failed to pay them can’t go to trial.

The medical practices say they weren’t getting reimbursed for work when the “NCTracks” system began in mid-2013. They filed a class action lawsuit against the state health agency and system vendor.

But the state Supreme Court ruled Feb. 2 the providers hadn’t exhausted administrative appeals within state government to get what they believe is due them.

The medical offices didn’t believe those appeals would do any good, but Justice Barbara Jackson wrote no evidence had been presented backing up that argument. Meanwhile, Jackson says it appears the providers still have time to seek reimbursement through administrative channels years later.

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