Doctors officially join fight against Medicaid overhaul

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The main organization which represents the state’s physicians has formally sent a letter to federal authorities protesting the state’s proposed overhaul of Medicaid, writes Christine Jordan Sexton.

In the letter, which was made public on Friday, the Florida Medical Association said it was given a chance to have a say in the changes proposed to the state’s $22 Medicaid program. But the letter says in the end the FMA “respectfully disagrees” with Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature that moving patients into a statewide managed care program is the “best way” to reduce costs while maintaining access to quality care.

The FMA letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also raises concerns about the potential impact that Medicaid changes will have on the state’s medical schools.

“There are continuing questions about how the conversion of Florida’s Medicaid program to a 100 percent capitated will impact Florida’s medical schools and their ability to train the future physician workforce for our state,” states the letter, which was signed by FMA President Miguel Machado.

The letter ends by asking CMS to “take such actions as are necessary” to make sure that managed care is not expanded statewide without addressing the FMA’s issues.

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