Doctors Surveyed on First 120 Days of Obamacare
the MPR take:
In a survey of over 40,000 physicians from 728 medical practices in 46 states, nearly 94% had seen patients with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage over the course of the first 120 days (January 1–April 30) and 80% were committed to providing services to these patients. While 44% of doctors surveyed had anticipated a slight increase in their practice’s population size, 30% had predicted no change by the end of 2014. Only 24% actually reported a slight increase in patients through April and 56% saw no change. Issues such as difficulty with identifying patients with ACA exchange coverage and determining eligibility, cost-sharing, and network coverage were common and patients were often confused about their benefits and deductibles (which were often significantly high).
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