CMS Finalizes $11B Medicaid Pay Boost For Primary Care Docs

Law360, New York (November 2, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services on Thursday issued a final rule that will pay doctors who provide primary care to Medicaid patients at a rate equivalent to what Medicare pays, an $11 billion boost to physician payments over two years.

Medicaid rates, which are set by the states, are almost always lower than those Medicare pays. The final rule, first proposed by CMS in May, will have the federal government cover 100 percent of the difference between the state's rate and the Medicare...
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