New Mexico

New Mexico fights conflict-of-interest allegations in Medicaid managed care contracts

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The state of New Mexico fired back this week against allegations that its selection of new contractors for the state's Medicaid program was sullied by a major conflict of interest.

Molina Healthcare sues over loss of New Mexico Medicaid contract

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A New Mexico-based healthcare company said this week it is challenging its loss of a state Medicaid contract, alleging unfair competition from a company that helped evaluate bids.

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Poor staffing led to poor care, state says in lawsuit

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New Mexico has filed suit against one of the nation's largest nursing home operators for providing what it claims were inadequate resources that led to poor care and improper billing. One leading patient advocate called the action a "new and novel approach" to the "chronic and longstanding problem of inadequate nurse staffing in nursing facilities."

Ruling: State courts cannot treat nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts

Ruling: State courts cannot treat nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts

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State courts do not have the authority to categorize nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently ruled. The decision sets up a fight over whether a nursing home's specific arbitration agreement violated state law.