Appointment Availability after Increases in Medicaid Payments for Primary Care

In the New England Journal of Medicine, LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and colleagues show that the increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage point increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times. The results are from a new 10-state study and provide the first research-based evaluation of the association between the ACA’s two-year Medicaid fee bump — for which federal funding expired on December 31, 2014 — and appointment availability for Medicaid patients seeking new patient primary care appointments at physician offices that participate in Medicaid.

See the LDI blog post on this study which provides further analysis on states’ decisions of whether to keep the fee bump