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A study on financial viability of clinics and physician practices in under-served areas of Wisconsin: the primary care physician shortage problem and collection issues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8328163     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A survey of 21 physicians and clinic managers in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and other under-served areas in Wisconsin found that to combat increasing costs, low reimbursement rates and increasing charity care demands, several practices rely on outside sources of funding. Also, the financial viability of physician practices in underserved areas of Wisconsin is threatened more by the low reimbursement rates of Medicaid and Medicare than by the provision of charity care. Though few are limiting the number of Medicare and uninsured patients they will treat, many have begun implementing cost containment measures, including more strict collection policies. There are also indications of restricted access for Medicaid patients.
T H Ryan; A Bicha; L Sherman; W Kucharski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Wisconsin medical journal     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0043-6542     ISO Abbreviation:  Wis. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1993 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-08-12     Completed Date:  1993-08-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0110663     Medline TA:  Wis Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  254-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Medical Indigency / economics*
Medically Underserved Area*
Physician's Practice Patterns / economics*
Primary Health Care / economics*
Reimbursement Mechanisms / economics*

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