In states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, preventive care visits at community health centers increased 41 percent, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. The study was based on electronic health record data of more than 400,000 patients at nearly 220 community health centers in five states that did expand Medicaid coverage (California, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Washington) and four states that did not (Alabama, Indiana, Montana and North Carolina). The analysis looked at patients ages 19 to 64 who were either uninsured or had Medicaid or private insurance. Researchers compared patient visit rates during the 12-month period before Medicaid expansion (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013) and the 12-month period after (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014). In addition to the increase in preventive care visits, the rate of new patient visits climbed 14 percent and visits for services such as lab tests increased 23 percent in states with expanded Medicaid coverage. The study, “Utilization of Community Health Centers in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States, 2013-2014” andabstract were published in the January 13 issue of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.
J Ambul Care Manage. 2016 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Utilization of Community Health Centers in Medicaid Expansion and Nonexpansion States, 2013-2014.
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