The University of Chicago Law Review
This Comment analyzes the circuit split that has arisen as courts have confronted challenges to Medicaid payments. Part I provides background on the Medicaid program and the circuit split, and it identifies and explicates two competing rules for measuring adequacy of Medicaid payments: the Fifth and Seventh circuits' "access metric" and the Ninth Circuit's "cost metric." Parts II and III identify problems with these two rules, and criticizes them as inconsistent with the statute's text, purpose, and intent. Part IV proposes a new rule, an "MCO metric," and explains why that rule is the best interpretation of Medicaid's reimbursement provision.
Moncrieff, Abigail R., "Payments to Medicaid Doctors: Interpreting the “Equal Access” Provision" (2006). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 1273.