Kaiser Report Indicates Fewer Docs Accepting Medicaid

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I have read many times on the board where people talk about "Kaiser" ..... so, when I saw this Kaiser policy report, I thought it might be of some interest to some:

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    Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report
    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    Medicaid

    Fewer Physicians Accepting Medicaid Beneficiaries as New Patients, Study Says


    Fewer physicians are accepting Medicaid beneficiaries as new patients, in part because they say that reimbursements are too low and because of "administrative hassles," according to a study from the Center for Studying Health System Change, the AP/Long Island Newsday reports.

    The study, which compared surveys of physicians from 1996- 1997 and 2004-2005, shows that 29% of solo practice physicians in the earlier survey accepted no new Medicaid
    patients, compared with 35.3% of solo practice physicians in 2004-2005.

    The study finds a similar trend for small group practices, where the percentage of doctors declining new Medicaid patients grew from 16.2% in 1996-1997 to 24% in 2004-2005 (AP/Long Island Newsday, 8/17).

    Overall, 12.9% of physicians reported receiving no Medicaid revenue in 1996-1997, compared with 14.6% in 2004-2005
    (HSC release, 8/17).

    Officials say the biggest reason for these findings is low Medicaid reimbursements, which are on average 69% of what Medicare pays and even lower than what private insurers pay, according to AP/Newsday (AP/Long Island Newsday, 8/17).

    According to the survey, 84% of physicians who did not accept new Medicaid patients in 2004-2005 said reimbursements were a factor; 70% of physicians said billing requirements and paperwork were a factor; and
    two-thirds said delayed payments were a factor (HSC release, 8/17).

    J. Edward Hill, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, said, "This unsettling data comes as little surprise given Medicaid's high administrative
    costs and low payment rates, while the overhead costs associated with practicing medicine continue to increase" (AP/Long Island Newsday, 8/17).


    The report is available online at http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/866/

    [Source: http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=39248 ]

  2. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i don't know what the heck we are all gonna do when there is no more medicare or medicaid/medi-cal,,

    jodie
  3. kirschbaum26

    kirschbaum26 New Member

    Hi:

    Just wanted you to know that Kaiser Permanente has not stopped taking new patients with Medicare/Medical. This report was done by their foundation, I believe.

    It is really becoming a problem with all types of insurance. Fewer doctors want to have to deal with difficult insurance companies as well as the US Government. It is unfortunate, as these are the people who most need access to good doctors.

    Ingrid
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I know fewer and fewer doctors in the area that I live are accepting Medicaid.

    They all accept Medicare, but not Medicaid.