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Medicaid enrollees last in line when docs accepting new patients
Modern Healthcare

Doctors are accepting new Medicaid patients at a far lower rate compared to new patients on Medicare or private insurance, according to a new study. The study, released by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) during its meeting Thursday, examined Medicaid rates by specialty, whether the physician is in a Medicaid expansion state and by managed care penetration status. The study was based on an analysis of 2015 data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey that asks if office-based physicians currently accept any new patients and whether they accept Medicaid as a payment source for the new patients.Of the physicians that accept new patients, 70.8% accept new patients insured by Medicaid.