AP: NY Medicaid overhaul envisions combined outpatient care

By Michael Virtanen.

ALBANY. Using an estimated $8 billion as incentives, New York is overhauling Medicaid, pushing providers to establish more outpatient clinics, reduce hospital beds, use electronic records and enable low-income patients to see doctors and psychologists in the same visit.

Medicaid now covers almost one-third of all 19 million New Yorkers. Half this year’s $62 billion budget is paid by the federal government.

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