Question by fanya k: How does Allied Health provider become a provider in Georgia Medicaid?
I own a mammography facility in Georgia. Medicare enrolled me and it is an understatement to say how difficult that was. However, I am having trouble with Medicaid provider enrollment because they can’t find what category of service I fit into. I am not a physician, but a Radiologic Technologist. The Provider type does list Technologists/Technicians as a choice, but I cant seem to fit in their category of service because while we do provide Physician Services (Radiologist reads the film) , they don’t have a category that I am allowed to fall under. Anyone know anything about Mammography Provider Enrollment in particular?
Answer by Renee
Here is a link for some telephone number for various Georgia Medicaid departments, there is one listed for provider enrollment.
If you have no success there, call the Georgia Department of Community Health, let the operator know you need assistance with provider enrollment and she can forward you to someone who can help. (They were my last resort when I had provider enrollment issues, and they got my problems resolved quickly)
Good luck…getting those provider numbers is a chore!
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Health Care Exchange Cost Takes Priority
Based on the results of a recent consumer survey, more people who are eligible for federal premiums subsidies are worried about how much they are going to pay for health insurance than they are about whether or not a certain provider will included in the health exchange provider network. For this reason, health insurance companies are choosing to narrow their provider networks so they can keep their premiums as low as possible and reduce health care exchange cost.
37 percent of all respondents who are eligible to receive subsidies said that they consider health exchange cost most important when choosing health insurance. That percentage was higher than the 31 percentage of respondents who said benefits were the most important factor when choosing health insurance. The results of this survey led insurers to restrict their provider networks for the plans that will be sold on health insurance exchanges.
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This may be why only six percent of survey respondents will be shopping for health insurance on their state exchanges in 2014. All health insurance plans must cover the 10 essential health benefits to be considered qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act, but if they aren’t receiving subsidies, they may be able to get a better deal outside of the exchange. They may also be able to find plans with richer benefits off exchange as well.
More Benefits at a Better Price
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