Health Affairs Study Examines Medicaid Physician Fee Trends Between 2003 and 2008
"Trends in Medicaid Physician Fees, 2003-2008," Health Affairs: The study by Stephen Zuckerman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, and colleagues found that from 2003 to 2008, Medicaid physician fees increased by an average of 15.1%, narrowing the gap with Medicare payment rates. However, Medicaid physician fees over the five-year period increased at a lower rate than general inflation, according to the study. The study, which offers the first national and state-by-state update on Medicaid physician fees since 2003, was conducted in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the California HealthCare Foundation (Health Affairs release, 4/28).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.