Get Your Health Professional Shortage Area Bonus

If you are a physician who furnishes services to Medicare patients in a primary care geographic health professional shortage area (HPSA) as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), you are eligible for a 10 percent bonus payment for services provided between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012. Psychiatrists who are designated in a geographic mental health HPSA are also eligible for the 10 percent bonus only if their area does NOT already have a geographic primary care HPSA designation.

Your geographic primary care (or mental health) HPSA and status designation must be determined as of Dec. 31 of the prior year.

For information about the Medicare physician bonus program and a list of ZIP codes eligible for automatic bonus payment, go to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

Sources: MLN Matters® articles MM7517 and SE120.


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