Texas dentists' attitudes and activity level since the change in Medicaid reimbursement rates

Donna Soleman, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine if the change in Medicaid reimbursements in Texas affected the activity level of the enrolled providers or changed the attitudes of dentists towards Medicaid. Methods. A letter with instructions for completing a survey online was sent to a random sample of 415 general and 325 pediatric dentists (500 dentists originally sampled by Blackwelder plus 240 additional dentists). The survey consisted of 27 questions about Medicaid. Results. Surveys from 98 (13.2%) of dentists were collected, with 57 (17.5%) from pediatric dentists and 37(9%) from general dentists. Our results were compared to the study by Blackwelder et al, which reported attitudes of Texas dentists toward the Medicaid program prior to the reimbursement change. Our data indicates an increase in Medicaid activity among enrolled providers (58.6% activity to 94.8% activity) with greater percent change among pediatric dentists (61.8% to 97.5%) compared to general dentists (53.3% to 80%). Also, the proportion of enrolled active Medicaid providers spending greater then 10% of their time with Medicaid has increased (76.9% to 87.3%). Furthermore, pediatric dentists spending greater then 50% of their time with Medicaid increased from 30.9% to 38.5%, and general dentists from 18.4% to 37.5%. Perceived barriers appear to be similar to past studies. Conclusions. Our survey indicated the change in Medicaid reimbursements did increase the activity level of enrolled Medicaid providers and it appears that active Medicaid providers are spending more time with Medicaid patients.

Subject Area

Dentistry|Public health

Recommended Citation

Soleman, Donna, "Texas dentists' attitudes and activity level since the change in Medicaid reimbursement rates" (2009). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1467331.