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States make progress in Medicaid parity payments
Modern Healthcare

States are making progress carrying out a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for increasing Medicaid primary-care payments for 2013 and 2014 to match what Medicare pays. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that few physicians were getting the promised pay bump (though payments for 2013 will be made retroactively to Jan. 1). Because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act relies on states to carry out the provision, it has been difficult to discern how far behind they were. States also argued that, if they were behind, it was at least partially the fault of the CMS, which didn’t issue its final rule on Medicaid parity until last November.

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