State’s Higher Reimbursement Rates May Encourage More Doctors To Take On Medi-Cal Patients
Before the boost, providers were struggling to take on new Medi-Cal patients because the payments were approximately half of what doctors received through Medicare.
California Doctors Who Treat Poor Get Reimbursement Boost
California is boosting reimbursement payments for doctors and dentists who treat the state’s poorest residents. It’s part of an incentive to expand access under Medi-Cal, which offers free or low-cost health coverage to more than 13 million people — a third of the state's population. "The ultimate goal here is to make sure Medi-Cal beneficiaries get access to care when it’s needed, where it’s needed," said Dr. Ted Mazer, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and president of the California Medical Association. "Instead of what Medi-Cal beneficiaries have been going through for years, which is struggling to get care." (Murphy, 7/11)