How Medicaid has affected 25 States since the Enaction of the Affordable Care Act

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A newly published study in Annals of Emergency Medicine has shown how Medicaid Expansion has affected 25 states since the enaction of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA) in 2014. While many had hoped that expanding Medicaid would alleviate some of the overuse of EDs in the states that offered the expansion, others predicted that access to insurance would increase usage of all medical care, including EDs.

Medicaid Expansion States Saw ER Visits Go Up

The study has shown that in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the the ACA saw 2.5 emergency department visits more per 1,000 people after 2014, while the share of emergency department visits by the uninsured decreased by 5.3 percent. The share of visits covered by private insurance remained constant for expansion states and increased by several percentage points for non-expansion states.

Today, we sat down with our CEO, Dr. Charles Duva, who addressed these payer mix changes. “These changes in coverage have generally had positive effects on physicians and hospitals. In states that expanded Medicaid, physicians have experienced shifts in payer mix from uninsured to Medicaid, leading to reductions in physician uncompensated care and improved financial positions therefore increasing receipts per patient.” Dr. Duva adds that “the changes for the most part have been financially rewarding but at this time, with the new administration and a Republican Congress, there is much left up in the air as to continuing the same level of federal Medicaid financing. The financing burden may be shifted at the state level on a state-by-state case. Our opinion is that this will lead to reduced reimbursement and/or fewer people insured with Medicaid, essentially affecting the payer mix more towards self-pay.”

“the changes, for the most part, have been financially rewarding”

The team here at DuvaSawko is dedicated to effectively managing these types of changes in payer mix. Contact us today to discuss how these changes could potentially affect your practice, and to get more perspective on ways we can help your group increase your revenue by up to 30%.

Click here to read more on this study or click here to view the study in its entirety.

2016 ACEP Scientific Assembly

We are very excited to be exhibiting at this year’s ACEP Scientific Assembly at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from Oct 16 – Oct 18!

sa2016This year will be unprecedented in that we will be providing FREE Financial Practice Assessments. These are by appointment so that we can create a customized assessment just for your practice. To schedule your Assessment, please click below. Our CFO will take your payer mix and show you just how much more you could be collecting!

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FCEP Symposium by the Sea 2016

DuvaSawko and our partner group EMPros enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with old friends at this year’s Symposium by the Sea in Naples, Florida. If you weren’t able to make it this year, you can click the link above to view some photos from the highlight of the event, Saturday night’s Casino Night! To celebrate FCEP’s 45th Anniversary (if you do the math, that means it was founded in 1971), the theme was The 70’s, as you can tell by the “groovy” attire!13975448_2088918544665967_1552159747485257598_o

DuvaSawko at EDPMA Solutions Summit

If you are in Vegas this week at the EDPMA Solutions Summit, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello! We love seeing our existing clients and meeting new faces. Let us talk to you about ways that we can increase your revenue by 20-30% this year!

A Warm Welcome to Our New Clients!

DuvaSawko is pleased to welcome two new clients in the first quarter of 2016:

Appleton Emergency Services at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center (Appleton, WI)
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Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph – Medical Center (St Joseph, MO)
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ACEP15 in Boston, MA

DuvaSawko will be attending the ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, MA from October 26-29. We will be located in Booth #1244, so please be sure to stop by and visit us! Click below to add to your expo plan, or to register!

FCEP Symposium by the Sea

We are happy to be an Exhibitor at the 2015 FCEP Symposium by the Sea. DuvaSawko is the proud sponsor of our Annual Casino night held on Saturday, August 8th at 8pm in the Cumberland ballroom.