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Monday, July 9, 2012

MEDICARE, MEDICAID ACCEPTANCE DROP DRAMATICALLY, TMA SURVEY SHOWS

The share of Texas physicians who will take new Medicare or Medicaid patients has dropped to an all-time low, according to the results of a TMA physician survey being released today. Hardest hit are low-income Texans who rely on Medicaid for their care. Texas physicians available to treat new Medicaid patients have plummeted from 42 percent in 2010 to 31 percent; that’s less than half the 67 percent who reported they would take all new Medicaid patients in 2000. The number of Texas physicians accepting all new Medicare patients dropped from 66 percent in 2010 to 58 percent in 2012. That’s part of a trend that’s seen the number decline steadily from 78 percent in 2000. “All the bureaucratic red tape and administrative burdens only serve to increase the cost of running a practice while diverting a physician’s attention away from patient care,” said TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD. “Every business has a breaking point; physicians’ practices are no different.”

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