Who Decides: Do Individual Physicians in Group Practices Have Discretion Over Acceptance of New Medicaid Patients?

Vol. IX, No. 3
November 2006

Since Medicaid is administered by states within the context of broad federal guidelines,variation in program design creates natural experiments for determining how both policy and the organization of care effects physicians’choices to treat Medicaid patients.New research examines the extent to which physicians’ have discretion over their acceptance of new Medicaid patients and the affect that this discretion has on the extent of Medicaid participation. The study was led by Phillip R. Kletke, Ph.D., formerly of the Health Research and Educational Trust.