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Bredesen sees higher hospital fee

NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) — The Bredesen administration expects Tennessee hospitals will agree next year to increase a hospital assessment fee to fill an anticipated $121.5 million hole in TennCare's upcoming budget.

But Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker said it's premature to predict what hospitals will do, noting they "already bailed out the state" with the 3.52 percent assessment fee passed earlier this year.

Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz said state officials "assume" THA will agree to raise the fee once $121.5 million in one-time federal funds related to the state's share of Medicare prescription drug funding runs out.

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