Medicare makes bonus payments to physicians who provide medical care services in geographic areas that are HRSA-designated as primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and to psychiatrists who provide services in HRSA-designated mental health HPSAs.
Effective for claims with dates of service on or after January 1, 2009, only services furnished in areas that are designated as geographic HPSAs as of December 31 of the prior year are eligible for the HPSA bonus payment.
Services furnished in areas that are designated at any time during the current year will not be eligible for the HPSA bonus payment until the following year, provided they are still designated on December 31.
See http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mlnmattersarticles/downloads/MM6106.pdf. This is MLN Matters Article #MM6106, CMS Change Request #6106.
Only the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can provide more information on the physician bonus. For more information:
There are some upcoming changes to the list of areas eligible for the medicare bonus payments. Please go to this site for further information: (https://www.cms.gov/hpsapsaphysicianbonuses/)
June 25, 2014 Federal Register Notice
NOTE: Today a list of designated HPSAs is being posted below to reflect the publication of the Federal Register notice on June 25, 2014. This Federal Register notice reflects the status of HPSAs as of May 23, 2014. The main impact of this Federal Register publication will be to officially withdraw those HPSAs that have been in “proposed for withdrawal” status since the last Federal Register notice was published on June 27, 2013. HPSAs that have been placed in “proposed for withdrawal” status since May 23, 2014 will remain in that status until the publication of the next Federal Register notice. If there are any questions about the status of a particular HPSA or area, we recommend that you contact the state primary care office in your state; a listing can be obtained at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/hpsas/primarycareoffices.html.
Online Processing of Shortage Designation Applications Suspended
Online processing of shortage designation applications has been suspended and will resume in December 2014. Please direct any questions to your State Primary Care Office and/or the appropriate Shortage Designation Officer.