|Take Action Today: Urge Congress to Extend the Medicaid Payment Increase!|
Currently, Medicaid primary care services are being paid at Medicare levels. This federally funded enhanced payment allows physicians to serve more Medicaid patients. However, the provision expires on December 31, 2014 unless Congress votes to extend it.
In 2013 and 2014, the higher Medicaid rates apply to primary care services furnished by a physician with a specialty designation of family medicine, general internal medicine, or pediatric medicine. Higher payments are also allowed for subspecialists related to those specialty categories as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Board of Physician Specialties.
Physicians who are in those designated specialties but not Board certified (are Board eligible) can also qualify if at least 60 percent of the codes billed by the physician are for specified evaluation and management (E&M) codes and vaccine administration codes. Codes eligible for the higher payment are E&M codes 99201 through 99499 and vaccine administration codes. This includes codes within the specified range that are not currently covered by Medicare.
UCAOA is urging Congress to extend the Medicaid payment increase for at least two more years, but we need your help!
Please take a moment to contact your members of Congress and ask them to pass legislation before the end of this year that would extend the Medicaid payment increase.
You can contact your senators and representative by phone or email.
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