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October 2017

Meeting the Needs of Patients for Specialty Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Deputy Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1417. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3778

Timely access to specialists has been a longstanding concern for patients with Medicaid compared with patients who have private insurance.1 Thus, instituting requirements that Medicaid managed care plans adhere to timeliness and proximity standards seems like an excellent solution to a longstanding problem. However, as with so many things in health care, the issue is more complicated.

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