Health care board to consider provider rate cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governing board of the agency that oversees the Medicaid program in Oklahoma is expected to slash reimbursement rates for doctors by nearly 8 percent as it grapples with a roughly $47 million cut to its state-appropriated budget.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday for a special meeting.

Among the items the board will consider is a 7.75 percent reduction in the reimbursement rates for services provided to Medicaid patients. Some providers and services are excluded, including child-abuse exams, emergency transportation, long-term care facilities and private-duty nursing.

Agency officials project the annual change will result in total savings of about $48 million. The agency also predicts the rate decrease should not negatively impact access or quality of care for Medicaid recipients in Oklahoma.

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