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Raising Medicaid Primary Care Rates: Next Steps for States

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released proposed regulations for implementing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid primary care rate increase. Reimbursement rates for Medicaid beneficiaries have historically been lower than fees paid to providers treating Medicare beneficiaries or people with private insurance. But in 2013 and 2014, Medicaid primary care providers will be reimbursed on par with Medicare rates for certain services, with the federal government picking up the extra costs. In a new blog post, Tricia McGinnis of the Center for Health Care Strategies offers takeaways from the proposed rule, the guidance states will require to carry out the change, and suggestions for implementation, including strategies for confirming primary care provider eligibility.

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