Most Medicaid programs to boost primary care pay this month

07/5/2013 | AAFP News Now

Most state Medicaid programs are expected to begin paying physicians higher rates for certain primary care services this month, according to the National Association of Medicaid Directors. States will be implementing a provision in the Affordable Care Act that sets up a two-year increase in Medicaid payments to Medicare levels. Arkansas family physician Lonnie Robinson, M.D., said while he is pleased with the pay hike, the boost is a short-term measure and his patients' needs will not go away after 2014.

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