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Monday, December 14, 2015

Medicare Bonuses for Primary Care Expire Dec. 31

Primary care physicians need to brace for another New Year’s pay cut. Last year, it was the expiration of the Medicare-parity payments for primary care services provided to Medicaid patients. (TMA fought to preserve those payments in the 2015 Texas Legislature, but lawmakers decided not to fund it in the final days of the session.) Now, it’s a provision in the Affordable Care Act that provided Medicare bonus payments to primary care physicians that is expiring on Dec. 31. The Primary Care Incentive Payment Program bonuses were equal to 10 percent of the Medicare-paid amount for primary care services. One family physician told TMA his 13-physician practice expects to lose $100,000 in Medicare payments next year. Read more in tomorrow’s Action newsletter.

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