Affordable Health Care Act may impact Medicaid and Medicare patients

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2012-08-08 15:22

According to a new survey, a number of physicians claim that they cannot afford to accept new Medicaid and Medicare patients when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

It found that 96% of physicians accepted new patients in 2011; however, rates varied by payment source: 31% of physicians were unwilling to accept any new Medicaid patients; 17% would not accept new Medicare patients; and 18% of physicians would not accept new privately insured patients.

According to a new survey, a number of physicians claim that they cannot afford to accept new Medicaid and Medicare patients when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. The new analysis of government survey data was published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs.

They survey accessed data on office-based physicians from the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Electronic Medical Records Supplement. It summarized the percentage of physicians currently accepting any new patients. It found that 96% of physicians accepted new patients in 2011; however, rates varied by payment source: 31% of physicians were unwilling to accept any new Medicaid patients; 17% would not accept new Medicare patients; and 18% of physicians would not accept new privately insured patients. It found that doctors in smaller practices and those in metropolitan areas were less likely than others to accept new Medicaid patients. Acceptance of new Medicare and Medicaid patients varied by state. Higher state Medicaid-to-Medicare fee ratios correlated with greater acceptance of new Medicaid patients.

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