Published on August 12, 2013 at 3:50 AM
The Washington Post: 85 Million Americans Lack Dental Coverage. Fixing That Requires More Than Just Money.
[The authors of a new paper] find that the behavioral impact of raising Medicaid reimbursement rates is disappointingly small. Because dentists' willingness to participate in Medicaid isn't very sensitive to reimbursement rates, moving Medicaid rates closer to parity with private providers would be somewhat costly, yet would not greatly increase children's use of dental services (Harold Pollack, 8/8).
JAMA: Medicare Payment For Chronic Care Delivered In A Patient-Centered Medical Home
Each July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes in the Federal Register its proposals for updating the Medicare physician fee schedule for the upcoming calendar year. ... Although these rules cover a wide range of services, included within the document issued this past July is a little-noticed discussion of Medicare's intent to make a substantial change in its payment policy. If the rule is finalized as proposed, for the first time physicians would be able to bill Medicare for the non–face-to-face delivery of complex chronic care management services provided by a practice that has the capability to furnish these services (Dr. Andrew B. Bindman, Jonathan D. Blum and Richard Kronick, 8/8).
Kansas City Star: Despite Roadblocks, Some Progress On Health Exchanges In Missouri and Kansas
First, the wishful thinking. If only Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hadn't returned a generous federal grant that would have enabled Kansas to set up its own online insurance marketplace for people newly eligible to receive policies and price discounts under the federal Affordable Care Act (8/8).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.