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Medicaid 'churning' leads to increased acute care use for patients with major depression

from Medical Xpress

For adult Medicaid beneficiaries with major depression, disruptions in coverage are followed by increases in emergency department (ED) visits and longer hospital stays after the person goes back on Medicaid, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. Disruptions in Medicaid coverage — sometimes called "churning" — are less frequent in states with streamlined Medicaid re-enrollment procedures (ie, requiring only yearly recertification versus every six months or more frequently). more


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