“Like a rundown house in need of repair, you’ve got to pick up a hammer and start somewhere. Increasing Medicaid payment rates to Medicare parity is the nail that needs to be hit first.” That was the take-home line of a letter TMA President Michael Speer, MD, sent to the five state senators and five representatives who are hammering out the details of the 2014-15 state budget.
“Over the past several months, there has been considerable attention paid to Texas’ ‘broken’ Medicaid system, with particular interest in the plummeting physician Medicaid participation rate and the impact that exodus is having on patients’ ability to obtain timely, medically necessary care,” Dr. Speer wrote. He pointed out that “grossly inadequate payment” is the single largest reason our members gave to TMA’s Physicians Medicaid Congress for not participating in the program.
Check out some excellent news stories on this issue from over the weekend:
- "Payments to doctors, other providers at center of debate over Medicaid expansion," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 27, 2013.
- "Medicaid called 'broken.' Legislators cite declining physician participation," San Antonio Express-News, April 28, 2013.
- "Texas Medicaid debate pits rival visions of health care law," Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2013.