Mayo drops Medicaid service for 2 states

2009-10-11T23:30:00Z Mayo drops Medicaid service for 2 statesGazette news services The Billings Gazette
October 11, 2009 11:30 pm  • 

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mayo Clinic says it will stop serving Medicaid patients from Nebraska and Montana because of low government reimbursement rates.

The change will take effect Jan. 1.

Mayo currently takes Medicaid patients from those two states plus Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Spokeswoman Shelly Plutowski said there's no plan to change that.

Plutowski said the low reimbursement rate is one reason Mayo wants the health care system changed to something that rewards providers for keeping patients the healthiest.

Mayo said about 50 patients will be affected by canceling contracts with Montana and Nebraska. Plutowski said it's more appropriate for patients in those states to be seen in their own regions.

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