Posted on October 9th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein
Mayo Clinic stops serving Medicaid patients from two states
Mayo Clinic will stop serving Medicaid patients from two states because Medicaid pays so little compared to the cost of care.
While only about 50 patients are affected, the move shows Mayo's disenchantment with the government-run health care on the Medicaid model at a time when Congress is weighing health-care reform options.
"We received a letter from Mayo Clinic last week informing us it was disenrolling from the Medicaid program," Vivianne M. Chaumont, director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care wrote in a statement sent to the Post-Bulletin.
"We had no warning this was coming and it took us by surprise. Staff spoke to Bradley Schmidt the CFO at Mayo Clinic. He stated that Mayo had made an administrative decision to limit services for Medicaid clients to only those in Minnesota and contiguous states," Chaumont wrote.
Post-Bulletin by Jeff Hansel, 10/8/09
Mayo unit no longer to accept Medicare
One of the Mayo Clinic's two family-medicine practices in Arizona soon will stop accepting Medicare, leaving thousands of patients to pay out of pocket for routine doctor's visits or find a new physician.
The changes, which go into effect Jan. 1, apply only to primary-care services offered at Mayo Clinic Family Medicine-Arrowhead.
Hospital officials called the new policy a "two-year pilot program" and said Thursday that the changes are necessary because of low Medicare reimbursement rates. "This is just a primary-care problem," said Dr. R. Scott Gorman, vice chairman of the executive-operations team at Mayo Clinic of Arizona. "We're trying to look at ways to make it more sustainable."
Arizona Republic by Ginger Rough, 10/8/09
West Valley Mayo clinic nixes Medicare
About 3,200 Medicare patients will have to pay at least $1,500 in out-of-pocket expenses annually if they want to continue to receive physician services at Mayo Clinic Family Medicine in Glendale beginning on Jan 1.
The Mayo Clinic Family Medicine - Arrowhhead sent out a letter this week to patients announcing the change, stating it will no longer be a Medicare provider for physician services beginning the first of next year.
"The challenge we have had for some time with Medicare reimbursements is not unique to Mayo," said Michael Yardley, chairman of public affairs of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. "It has been difficult for us to be able to sustain our own medical practice in a way to provide the best care to patients and for us."
Your West Valley by Joy Slagowski, 10/9/09
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