Increases in Primary Care Physician Income Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010--Continued Tweaking of Physician Payment


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes several changes to the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) system that are designed to increase primary care physician personal income and reduce geographic variation in primary care payment. In this brief, the ACA-authorized primary care payment adjustments are modeled in a prototypical rural primary care practice to assess both the potential impact on physician personal income and the likelihood that the changes will achieve the desired policy outcome.

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
A. Clinton MacKinney