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AAMC Comments on Proposed Rule to Increase Medicaid Rates for Primary Care Services

June 15, 2012—The AAMC submitted a June 11 comment letter  to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a proposed rule, Payments for Services Furnished by Certain Primary Care Physicians and Charges for Vaccine Administration Under Vaccines for Children Program, that would increase Medicaid payments to primary care physicians for primary services for calendar years 2013 and 2014, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, P.L. 111-152).

The AAMC was pleased that CMS proposed to make these payments for primary care services provided by physicians with the specialties of general internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics and for any such services provided by subspecialists of general internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics. Physicians who are board-certified will be able to attest that they are board-certified and will receive the higher payments for the designated services to Medicaid beneficiaries. CMS also proposes to make these payments to newly-enrolled physicians and physicians who are not board-certified, provided that certain criteria are met.


Ivy Baer, J.D., M.P.H.
Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel
Telephone: 202-828-0499


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