Medicaid Stops Paying for Non-ER, ER Care

February 29, 2012
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The new cuts, set for April 1, focus on about 500 diagnoses including common infections, mild burns, strains and bruises. If an enrollee comes to an emergency room and is diagnosed with one of these conditions, the Washington Medicaid program won’t pay the hospital and doctors…Some 43 states have Medicaid initiatives designed to deter unnecessary use of emergency rooms, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that studies health issues. Several states now charge patients copays for nonemergency services in an ER…

The new cuts, set for April 1, focus on about 500 diagnoses including common infections, mild burns, strains and bruises. If an enrollee comes to an emergency room and is diagnosed with one of these conditions, the Washington Medicaid program won’t pay the hospital and doctors…Some 43 states have Medicaid initiatives designed to deter unnecessary use of emergency rooms, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that studies health issues. Several states now charge patients copays for nonemergency services in an ER…

“If you fall down the stairs, and your ankle is twice its normal size, and I X-ray it and it’s broken, they’ll pay me, and if I X-ray it and it’s not broken, they won’t,” said one doctor.

Full article by Anna Wilde Mathews on this plan by Medicaid to stop paying for certain emergency-room visits in The Wall Street Journal.

    

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