Updated at 1:48 p.m. to reflect the administration's announcement that 500 groups will participate in a pilot program to change how doctors and hospitals are paid.
The Obama administration is late in implementing several provisions of the federal health overhaul intended to improve access to care and lower costs. The programs, slated to take effect Jan. 1, were supposed to increase fees to primary care doctors who treat Medicaid patients, give states more federal funding if they eliminate Medicaid co-pays for preventive services and experiment with changes to how doctors and hospitals are paid by Medicare.
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Source: Kaiser Health News