News update from CMS News & Fact Sheet: Higher payments to primary care physicians
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that, as part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will increase payments for primary care providers. In particular, Medicaid will provide reimbursements equal to Medicare for 2013 and 2014. Federal financial participation (FFP) will be provided in full to states for the difference between Medicaid amounts and Medicare rates. Additionally, the law includes measures to improve the workforce, such as by expanding primary care residency positions and investing in training for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.