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Primary Care Payment Redesign

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that Medicaid pay primary care providers at 100% of Medicare rates for specific services in 2013 and 2014. The increase is designed to help states build network capacity and prepare for the Medicaid expansion in 2014. CHCS is working with Medicaid stakeholders to effectively implement primary care rate increases and use this new purchasing power to obtain higher-quality health care services.

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Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase Final Rule: Fast Facts

This CHCS Fast Facts summary provides an overview of the regulation, highlighting select provisions for states to consider when planning implementation. Look for a more comprehensive analysis from CHCS in the near future.

November 2012 Policy & Issue Briefs

Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase: Next Steps for State Implementation

This technical assistance brief reviews the final regulatory language and identifies key questions and operational steps states should consider in implementing this provision.
November 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Implementing the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase to Improve Access to Care

This brief outlines recommendations for leveraging the rate increase to improve primary care access.
September 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Leveraging the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase – A Provider Outreach Strategy

This technical assistance brief outlines a recommended provider outreach strategy and an aggressive timeline for implementing the rate increase by 2013.
August 2012 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Overview: Proposed Federal Rules for Increased Medicaid Payment for Primary Care Providers

This fact sheet provides an initial overview of the proposed fedeal regulations for increased Medicaid payment for primary care providers, including next steps for states.
May 2012 Policy & Issue Briefs

Leveraging the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase

August 2011 - June 2013

August 2011 Initiative

Implementing the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase: A Roadmap for States

This roadmap can help states: (1) understand critical parameters of the increase; (2) identify the operational steps to prepare for and implement the increase and apply for the federal match; and (3) identify potential levers to enhance primary care access and quality.

March 2011 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Preparing for the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase

This CHCS webinar described how Medicaid agencies and health plans can address the numerous policy and technical issues associated with implementing the provider rate increase to benefit the Medicaid primary care system as it prepares for upwards of 20 million new beneficiaries.

March 2011 Webinar Resources

Increasing Primary Care Rates, Maximizing Medicaid Access and Quality

This brief is the first in a series of papers that CHCS will produce to augment CMS guidance and help states develop implementation plans for the primary care rate increase. It highlights nine critical issues, and identifies efficient implementation approaches that can benefit the primary care delivery system well beyond 2014.

January 2011 Policy & Issue Briefs

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