Physician Acceptance of New Medicaid Patients: What Matters and What Doesn't

Apr 10, 2019
Kayla Holgash and Martha Heberlein for Health Affairs
A key challenge for states in ensuring access to care for the 85.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries is having a sufficient number of providers. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently found that higher Medicaid fees are associated with higher rates of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients. Even so, acceptance of new Medicaid patients differs across specialties.
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