Medicaid rate increases for providers are coming next year
Providers across the country can expect to score higher Medicaid reimbursement next year, but inpatient services at hospitals may face cuts or a rate freeze, according to a state Medicaid survey released last week.
Forty-seven states plan to offer at least one provider type a rate increase in fiscal 2019, the Kaiser Family Foun- dation survey showed.
That could include primary-care doctors, specialists, home-care aides or nursing homes. While at least one provider type in 31 states can expect a rate decrease, that’s the smallest number of rate restrictions since fiscal 2008.
Specifically, 12 states including California and Kentucky said they plan to increase rates for primary-care doctors. Another 14 plan to offer specialists higher reimbursement, and 21 will do so for outpatient services at hospitals.
On the flip side, 27 states including Florida and Texas said they plan to cut or freeze rates for inpatient services in hospitals, according to the survey.