Leading medical groups titillate Congress to stop high Medicaid cuts

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) convened Oct 27, 2014 in Washington, DC to titillate Congress to extend current-law remuneration relation for primary caring and immunization services underneath Medicaid for during slightest dual years. Absent congressional action, sovereign support for this process runs out during a finish of a year. Collectively representing scarcely 423,000 physicians, a 4 groups are assembly with dozens of congressional offices on Capitol Hill today, with hundreds some-more meetings holding place as partial of a daylong AAP advocacy training.

As a inhabitant average, physicians treating Medicaid patients have been historically paid 59 percent of what is paid by Medicare for a same primary caring service. This remuneration inconsistency can force pediatricians, family physicians and inner medicine doctors to extent a series of new Medicaid patients they can means to take on, formulating barriers for children and families in hunt of entrance to medical care. This entrance separator is generally cryptic since Medicaid serves low-income families as good as children and adults with special health caring needs; entrance to health word is generally critical for these exposed populations.

Current law increases Medicaid payments