More Appointments with Advanced Care Practitioners Linked to Medicaid Expansion

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Molly Candon PhD Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Lecturer, Department of Health Care Management The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Co-Instructor, Health Services and Policy Research Methods II, MS in Health Policy Research Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Candon

Molly Candon PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Lecturer, Department of Health Care Management
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Instructor, Health Services and Policy Research Methods II, MS in Health Policy Research Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response: A team of researchers (led by Karin Rhodes, MD and Dan Polsky, PhD) conducted a secret shopper study of thousands of primary care practices across 10 states, with trained callers simulating patients with Medicaid and requesting appointments.

One of the outcome measures was whether an appointment was scheduled with a physician or Advanced Practitioner. Between 2012 and 2016, the share of appointments scheduled with Advanced Practitioners increased by five percentage points.  Continue reading