Physicians who are identified by Medicare as primary care physicians (internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics) during the period of calendar year 2009 – June 30, 2010, where at least 60 percent of their Part B allowed charges are for primary care services (E/M codes), are eligible for a quarterly Medicare 10-percent bonus payment.

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that physicians wishing to confirm PCIP eligibility for incentive payment year 2011 may now refer to the updated “Primary Care Incentive Payment Eligibility” data files from CMS. This information is supposed to be available on contactor websites. For additional information, physicians should call their Medicare claims processing contractor contact centers.