Medicaid and the Role of Rural Health Clinics

A new study, “Availability of New Medicaid Patient Appointments and the Role of Rural Health Clinics”, was recently released by the Health Research and Educational Trust. The study was done in ten states including Iowa. The researchers contacted various types of clinics, including rural health clinics (RHCs) and found that 95% of RHCs provided appointments to Medicaid patients compared to 75% for non-RHC rural providers. The study concludes “Our study suggests that RHC status, with its alternative payment model, is strongly associated with new Medicaid patient acceptance. Altering RHC financial incentives may have consequences for rural Medicaid enrollees.”

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