Physicians May Need More Than Higher Reimbursements To Expand Medicaid Participation: Findings From Washington State

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Physicians May Need More Than Higher Reimbursements To Expand Medicaid Participation: Findings From Washington State

September 9, 2013

Abstract

The expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act is expected to put considerable pressure on the capacity of the primary care workforce to meet the needs of the Medicaid population beginning in 2014. This paper reports on a 2011 survey and focus group sessions with Washington State primary care physicians. Findings suggest that increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates would be welcomed by doctors but that other strategies that reduced the costs of caring for Medicaid patients would be even more effective in expanding physician willingness to see Medicaid patients.

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