Primary Care Physicians Still Waiting on 73% Medicaid Payment Increase

Practice Management

The 73 percent pay raise for primary care physicians who treat Medicaid patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be delayed, according to an article in Forbes. The payments were scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013, but are now three months behind. According to the report, Medicaid directors warn it could take another three months before the raise begins, but the Obama administration maintains the checks will be sent to physicians retroactive to the Jan. 1 date.

The payment increase only applies to physicians who have applied for the program and vary by state, since the increase is intended to close the gap between Medicare and Medicaid rates, according to the report.

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