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Proposed Rule to Benefit Primary Care Service Providers

April, 2012

In May 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would increase Medicaid payments for calendar years 2013 and 2014 for physicians providing primary care services to the same level as fees paid by Medicare for such services.

States will receive more than $11 billion from the federal government to fund this increase in Medicaid fees. No matching payments will be required from the states.

The proposed payment increases are intended to strengthen primary care service providers in anticipation of the increase in patient demand for primary care services that is expected to result from the expansion of Medicaid as provided for in the Affordable Care Act. If you have questions concerning this new proposed rule, the identification of eligible providers and services, and its potential effect on your practice, Davison & McCarthy can help.

Contact Mark D. Aurand for more information.