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UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs

The University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency programs in Casper and Cheyenne have received an important new federal designation that will help both the programs and patients. 

UW Health Sciences Dean Joe Steiner says it will mean enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and better recruitment and retention of doctors—and will allow the programs to serve more patients.                

"It allows us to better serve that group of patients that sometimes have difficult in paying. Provides enhanced reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare funding, it also provides us the opportunity to work with a pharmacy locally to provide prescriptions for patients at a reduced rate."

The legislature and others have been concerned about the financial viability of the family residency programs and Steiner says the designation as a “Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike” organization will certainly help. 

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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