MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
865 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, New York 11590-9007
Telephone: (516) 488-6100
For Immediate Release
January 2, 2020
MSSNY RESPONDS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW YORK’S MEDICAID CUTS
Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York
“While we understand the need to address significant Budget deficits, physicians across New York are confounded by the announced cuts to their payments for care delivered to their patients insured by Medicaid. This is particularly difficult to accept given that they were not the beneficiaries of increases to Medicaid payments recently granted to other parts of the health care system. In fact, Medicaid physician payment remains a very small part of New York’s overall Medicaid Budget. No wonder, given that New York has one of the lowest Medicaid to Medicare physician payment ratios in the country.
As we try to address system health costs, and assure patients get the right care at the right time in the right setting, we should be taking steps to expand the availability of community primary and specialty care physicians in Medicaid Managed Care and traditional Medicaid. Further reductions in inadequate compensation will not accomplish that objective.”
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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.
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