Medicaid to increase reimbursement rates

Published Nov 15, 2012 at 04:00AM

Medicaid will increase its reimbursement rates for certain primary care services starting in January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced.

Qualifying caregivers will be paid at Medicare rates for Medicaid patients in 2013 and 2014, instead of at Medicaid rates, which are often lower. Medicaid is operated by the states and serves low-income individuals, including children, people with disabilities and seniors. Medicare is the federal health insurance program open to Americans age 65 and older.

The change was made as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, says a Health and Human Services news release. It applies to primary care services delivered by a physician who specializes in family medicine, general internal medicine, or pediatric medicine or related subspecialists.

— Heidi Hagemeier, The Bulletin