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Hsiang WR, Gross CP, Maroongroge S, Forman HP. Trends in Compensation for Primary Care and Specialist Physicians After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e2011981. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.11981
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, physicians were unsure how their salaries would be affected. Since the implementation of the ACA, numerous factors may have affected physician compensation, including increased emphasis on alternative payment models and discounted insurance payments from health exchanges. The ACA also included 2 temporary fee increases specifically for primary care physicians (PCPs): the 2013-2014 “Medicaid fee bump” and the 2011-2015 Primary Care Incentive Program.1 Given these factors and the 10th anniversary of the ACA, we sought to answer the following 2 concerns: (1) how overall physician compensation has changed and (2) how PCP compensation has changed relative to specialist compensation since the ACA was passed.
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