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: Below are lists of designated HPSAs that 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
Daily updates of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) data have been suspended and are scheduled to resume on March 31, 2015.
Approximately 80 designations may not be searchable via HPSA Find locator tools due to the transition to a new shortage designation management system.
Many of these designations will become searchable once daily updates of shortage designation data resumes on March 31, 2015.
Please contact Cynthia Hodges at (301) 594-3816 with questions.