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Cancer screening rates among older Medicaid patients fall short of national objectives
Date:10/13/2008

d claims data were combined, approximately half of eligible patients had evidence of screening."

Despite Medicaid recipients' access to primary care and full coverage of cancer screening services, these rates are substantially lower than those in the general population, the authors note. "Lack of a screening recommendation by the physician, rather than patient refusal of recommended tests, accounted for most instances of screening delinquency," they conclude. "Efforts to increase cancer screening rates among Medicaid recipients must address patient, physician and organizational barriers to the routine identification and delivery of preventive services."


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