Federal 7th Circuit Court
Dist. Ct. did not err in granting motion for summary judgment filed by defendant-Secretary of Dept. of Health and Human Services in action challenging defendant's administrative decision that disallowed portion of request for reimbursement of Medicare expenses submitted by plaintiffs-group of Ill. hospitals after defendant found that amount of assessment on hospital providers from 2004 Ill. tax was "reasonable cost" that was subject to reimbursement, but further found that said costs were subject to offset by "refund" payments plaintiffs received from Hospital Provider Fund. Ct. found that defendant's decision was entitled to deference under Chevron and rejected plaintiffs' contention that defendant had misapplied regulatory term "refund" and had improperly reversed defendant's long-standing policy.