Study Reveals Looming Problems for Medicaid Patients Across the United States

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According to a study released today by AmeriMed Consulting, a nationally recognized strategic healthcare consulting firm, the number of physicians who accept new Medicaid patients has decreased dramatically from 2003 to 2009.

According to a study released today by AmeriMed Consulting, a nationally recognized strategic healthcare consulting firm, the number of physicians who accept new Medicaid patients has decreased dramatically from 2003 to 2009.

Through its Trend Tracker series, AmeriMed presents original data and analysis to assess the state of America's healthcare industry today. The current analysis investigates the likelihood of physicians accepting new Medicare and Medicaid patients based on specific characteristics of those physicians.

Out of almost 1,000 physicians polled for the recent TrendTracker, 50 percent who are accepting new patients are not accepting new Medicaid patients, up from only 27 percent in 2003. Of those physicians not accepting new Medicaid patients, the highest percentage consists of primary care physicians. If this trend continues, Medicaid patients will have an increasingly difficult road in accessing physicians practicing anything beyond emergency care.

"Physicians continue to drop out of the Medicaid program, leaving a dwindling number of physicians to see an increasing number of Medicaid patients," remarked Jennifer Moody, Principal for AmeriMed Consulting. "Many physicians would rather not take Medicare and Medicaid than deal with the problems they present."

AmeriMed specializes in consulting for medical staff development, community needs assessment, physician market inventories, surveying and focus interview/group reports for strategic planning in healthcare. For more information on this survey, please visit http://www.amerimedconsulting.com or call 888-456-1789. Media and consulting inquiries can be answered via telephone at 888-456-1789 or by fax at 817-820-2330. E-mail inquiries on the survey should be directed to Allison McGough at amcgough(at)amerimedconsulting(dot)com.

About AmeriMed Consulting
AmeriMed Consulting is a nationally recognized strategic healthcare consulting firm specializing in medical staff development, community needs assessment, physician market inventories, surveying and focus interview/group reports for strategic planning in healthcare. Our services are based upon a foundation of comprehensive community needs assessments and adherence to Federal recruitment guidelines. AmeriMed also compiles data to track national healthcare trends and provides the tools necessary for healthcare executives to achieve efficient and effective medical staff recruitment, retention and development.

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