CONCORD (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to follow federal procedures when setting Medicaid reimbursement rates.

In a 31-page order Friday, Judge Steven McAuliffe said the state has not properly notified the public or held required hearings on proposed reimbursement rate cuts.

His order stems from a federal lawsuit filed last year by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and nine other New Hampshire hospitals. They allege the state has failed to give proper notice on reimbursement rate changes and that reimbursements have been inadequate.

The Valley News reported the DHHS commissioner has 15 days to give notice of rate cuts, to be followed by a 30-day comment period. The notice must explain the methodologies used to set the rates.