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Medicaid provided health coverage for over 70 million individuals in fiscal year 2013 through a combination of FFS and managed care at a cost of about $460 billion. Yet, limited information is available on how provider payments per service under Medicaid FFS and managed care compare with private insurance and with one another. This report builds on a prior GAO study on Med Medicaid provided health coverage for over 70 million individuals in fiscal year 2013 through a combination of FFS and managed care at a cost of about $460 billion. Yet, limited information is available on how provider payments per service under Medicaid FFS and managed care compare with private insurance and with one another. This report builds on a prior GAO study on Medicaid payments by comparing payments for E/M services under Medicaid FFS, managed care, and private insurance prior to 2013, when temporary Medicaid payment increases for these services took effect, as mandated by HCERA. In this report, GAO examines: (1) how payments for E/M services under Medicaid FFS and Medicaid managed care compared with private health insurance prior to the HCERAmandated increases; and (2) how payments for E/M services under Medicaid managed care compared with Medicaid FFS prior to the HCERAmandated increases. To compare these payments, GAO analyzed claims data from Medicaid FFS, managed care organizations, and private insurers. GAO compared payments to physicians for 26 E/M services in selected states, chosen on the basis of data availability. GAO compared Medicaid FFS payments with private insurance in 40 states; Medicaid managed care with private insurance in 23 states; and Medicaid


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Medicaid provided health coverage for over 70 million individuals in fiscal year 2013 through a combination of FFS and managed care at a cost of about $460 billion. Yet, limited information is available on how provider payments per service under Medicaid FFS and managed care compare with private insurance and with one another. This report builds on a prior GAO study on Med Medicaid provided health coverage for over 70 million individuals in fiscal year 2013 through a combination of FFS and managed care at a cost of about $460 billion. Yet, limited information is available on how provider payments per service under Medicaid FFS and managed care compare with private insurance and with one another. This report builds on a prior GAO study on Medicaid payments by comparing payments for E/M services under Medicaid FFS, managed care, and private insurance prior to 2013, when temporary Medicaid payment increases for these services took effect, as mandated by HCERA. In this report, GAO examines: (1) how payments for E/M services under Medicaid FFS and Medicaid managed care compared with private health insurance prior to the HCERAmandated increases; and (2) how payments for E/M services under Medicaid managed care compared with Medicaid FFS prior to the HCERAmandated increases. To compare these payments, GAO analyzed claims data from Medicaid FFS, managed care organizations, and private insurers. GAO compared payments to physicians for 26 E/M services in selected states, chosen on the basis of data availability. GAO compared Medicaid FFS payments with private insurance in 40 states; Medicaid managed care with private insurance in 23 states; and Medicaid

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