- January 10th 2013
Primary care doctors who provide services to Medicaid patients may experience significant fee increases starting in January 2013, when an Affordable Care Act provision to boost Medicaid pay rates to Medicare levels goes into effect for the next two years.
Rhode Island doctors, for example, will see primary care fees go up by nearly 200% on average. For New York state, the overall increase will amount to 156%, and in California, 136%, according to a 50-state survey conducted by the Urban Institute on behalf of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In three other states — Florida, Michigan and New Jersey — fees also are expected to more than double for primary care physicians that qualify for the increase.
“The states that are seeing the high percentages are merely the states that have been paying such abysmal rates to start with,” said Jeffrey Cain, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Rhode Island, the state with the highest projected [Read more]