On November 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final regulations governing the implementation of the Medicaid primary care rate increase to Medicare levels for 2013 and 2014. This CHCS Policy Update provides a summary of the regulation, highlighting select provisions for states to consider when planning implementation.

This resource is a product of Leveraging the Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase, a CHCS initiative made possible by The Commonwealth Fund, with additional support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. Through this initiative, CHCS is working with Medicaid stakeholders in seven states, as well as with CMS, to help translate federal guidance and implement the Medicaid primary care rate increase mandated under health care reform.

CHCS developed this update to help states as they move forward in designing their implementation plans for the rate increase in 2013.