“Doctors at 31 other Texas locations, including parts of San Antonio and North Central Bexar County, also received a still-undetermined amount in bonuses for providing medical and mental health care.”
The bonuses are incentives for doctors to setup practice in small, rural areas short of health care options. The bonuses amount to an additional 10% on each Medicare claim qualifying healthcare providers file.
“But records reviewed by the Chronicle show that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, responsible for updating and publishing the lists of who qualifies for the list and who doesn’t, failed to adjust its list of doctor shortage areas from 2003 until November 2011.”
Read Terry Langford’s full report at Medicare paid millions in bonuses to ineligible doctors.