(Bloomberg) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Medicare wants to increase payments to nonprofit community health clinics by as much as $1.3 billion over the next five years under a new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) reimbursement system.
Under the new system, the clinics will be paid a single daily fee of about $155 per patient for all the services they provide Medicare beneficiaries, CMS said. The fee will vary depending on where the clinics are located and other factors.
About 3,830 of the community health clinics stand to benefit from the change.
The change could raise those clinics’ payments from Medicare by about one-third, according to the text of new CMS regulations.