Medicaid’s new e-signature capability and its portal for verifying patients’ Medicaid eligibility and accessing their available health information are two ways to help cut down on the busywork in your office.
The Texas Medical Association will continue to fight federal lawmakers' attempts to cap funding for the state’s Medicaid recipients, as proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), TMA's House of Delegates decided at TexMed 2017 last week.
TMA and the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) announced a joint effort to reduce red tape and administrative burdens for physicians and providers who participate, or want to participate, in the Texas Medicaid program.
Medicaid is a state- and federally funded health care program that provides low-income patients access to essential health care services. Without Medicaid, millions more Texans would be uninsured: As of June 2014, Medicaid covered nearly 3.8 million Texans. To qualify, patients must have a low income, but being poor doesn’t always mean a patient will qualify for the program. For example, low-income childless adults are not eligible in Texas even if their income meets the state’s Medicaid income requirements. Most Medicaid recipients in Texas are children, pregnant women, or disabled.
When San Antonio pulmonologist John Holcomb, MD, treats patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, he knows he's dealing with a particularly fragile population that has little to no income and is elderly or has a disability. Neither these so-called "dual-eligible" patients nor the physicians treating them have it easy.
Apparently, the state got the message loud and clear: Physicians and patients are overly frustrated with the myriad administrative roadblocks that came along with the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas. Thanks to TMA's advocacy during the 2013 legislative session and the successful passage of Senate Bill 1150, relief from Medicaid red tape may finally be in sight.
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