Across the nation, the number of providers serving pregnant Medicaid clients has dropped precipitously. In an effort to retain providers, in 1986 the Maryland Medicaid program tripled reimbursement fees for deliveries. This raised Medicaid payments for perinatal care to levels roughly comparable to those paid by private insurers. Providers' participation can be measured using two criteria: the total number of participating providers in a given county and the number of deliveries performed by targeted providers. The fee increase was associated with an overall stabilization in the number of providers performing deliveries. Providers performed slightly more deliveries after the fee increase, relative to predictions derived from statistical models. One-quarter of all providers increased their participation on a scale commensurate with the fee increase.
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