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Medicaid misses mark on musculoskeletal care

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2019 - Autumn


Only four of Connecticut’s 29 orthopaedic-specific urgent care centers accepted patients for treatment regardless of the patient’s insurance type, according to a study by Yale researchers, including Mary O’Connor, MD, director of YSM’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care, Daniel H. Wiznia, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and Christopher A. Schneble, MD, a second-year resident. This restrictive policy results in more patients looking for treatment in emergency departments. “Cherry-picking patients leads to systemic health care disparities,” said Wiznia.