The Wisconsin Hospital Association is asking the federal agency overseeing Medicaid to withdraw a proposed rule change, warning it could “adversely affect” the state’s Medicaid budget.

“The proposed rule would introduce uncertainty as to how CMS would evaluate state funding arrangements for the Medicaid program,” WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding said in a statement referring to the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. “At the very least it would entail new reporting requirements and new administrative burden for arrangements that have already been reviewed and approved.”

State Medicaid Director Jim Jones says he’s also worried about increased reporting requirements in the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Any time they request more information and more reporting, that means I need more staff and IT resources to comply with those requirements,” he told “More reporting means more administrative work for the state.”

In a recent interview, Jones explained the proposed rule would place “a great many” new reporting requirements on states related to Medicaid program funding. Plus, he said the highly technical rule would restrict funding sources for these programs.

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