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Last Modified: 10/13/2017 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part B

2014 Primary Care Incentive Program (PCIP) payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides contractors with a list of the national provider identifiers (NPIs) of the eligible primary care practitioners around the beginning of the incentive year. If a claim for a primary care service is submitted by a physician or group practice, the primary care professional service must be reported under a practitioner with a qualifying NPI in order for the service to qualify for the incentive payment.
Eligible providers for payment year 2014 are included in the 2014 PCIP eligibility compressed file file. To locate a provider, open the file, select Ctrl+F (“find”) and enter an NPI.

PCIP eligibility file record layout

Value spaces (in the future, this field may contain the carrier/MAC number).
Left justified. NPI of the provider who will be paid the primary care incentive.
Value spaces
Incentive Payment Year
CCYY (quarterly Primary Care Incentive payments are made using claims data from this year).
Value spaces
Qualifying Year
CCYY (claims history data from this year was used to determine if the NPI qualified for the Primary Care Incentive).
Value spaces

Additional information

CMS has compiled a list of questions and answers to respond to the inquiries it has received on the primary care incentive payment program (PCIP).
The MLN Matters article SE1109 external pdf file also contains details on and links to several articles published by CMS containing information on Section 5501(a) of The Affordable Care Act, which provides for an incentive payment for primary care services furnished on or after January 1, 2011, and before January 1, 2016, by a primary care physician or nonphysician practitioner (NPP). These articles explain how the program would pay the incentive payment to eligible primary care physicians and NPPs, including newly enrolled physicians and NPPs, who furnish primary care services in various settings.
Click here pdf file for more information regarding PCIP payments.
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