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Georgia mulls higher Medicaid and PeachCare reimbursements

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, August 15, 2007

Georgia officials are considering higher payments for doctors who treat Medicaid and PeachCare patients as part of a new budget proposal.

According to The Florida Times Union, the increase in reimbursement is the result of years of low reimbursement rates, triggered by cuts that left the state's trauma care system unable to adequately treat patients. Doctors who treat patients at these centers will be compensated at a higher rate than hospitals that aren't part of the system.

If approved, the $33.6 million plan will generate $87.7 million for doctors and hospitals when federal funds are included. The proposal was listed as a top priority by lawmakers, but the General Assembly failed to pass a bill about the issue in the 2007 legislative session.

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