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Study says Medicaid ranks will far outpace physician supply
e-Reports, April 4, 2011
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If you care for Medicaid patients, you’re likely to see increased competition for your services as enrollment in the program grows under health care reform. Results of a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show the numbers of Medicaid patients soon will greatly outpace growth in primary care physicians willing to treat them.

Moreover, temporary increases in Medicaid reimbursement meant to entice more primary care physicians (PCPs) into accepting Medicaid patients are unlikely to make much of a difference in states facing the biggest enrollment jumps.

The study lists Indiana as having a “low” level supply at less than 11.5 PCPs per 10,000 nonelderly persons in the state (2008 data). The only neighboring state in this category is Kentucky. The overall U.S. rate is 12.8.

Overall, the study found states with the smallest number of primary care physicians per capita – generally in the South and Mountain West – potentially will see the largest percentage increases in Medicaid enrollment. In contrast, states with the largest number of PCPs per capita – primarily in the Northeast – will see more modest increases in Medicaid enrollment.

Learn more about this research on the Center for Studying Health System Change website here.

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