Primary Care Physicians Receive Increased Medicare Payments Under ACA

Over 150,000 primary care physicians nationwide received nearly $560 million in additonal Medicare payments in 2011 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced. Under a proposed rule issued today, primary care providers serving Medicaid patients would see their Medicaid payments rise even more over the next two years, as states are expected to receive an additional “$11 billion in new funds to bolster their Medicaid primary care delivery systems.” The proposed rule would fulfill the ACA’s requirement that Medicaid “reimburse family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine, and related subspecialists at Medicare levels.” The increase in payment will be shouldered entirely by the federal government “with no matching payments required of States.” — Fatima Najiy