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CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy
Health Leaders Media

While primary care physicians, lagging behind other specialists in salaries, are eager to tap into the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program’s multimillion dollar bonus largess, some doctors are upset about bureaucratic “hoops and hassles” in seeking funds, says the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services paid $664 million to doctors, nurses, and other providers under the MPCIP in 2012, according to a recently released CMS report. Payment began in 2011 and will continue in 2015 to boost Medicare payment for primary care services.