Reminder: Health care worker retention bonus registration deadline is 12/21

December 13, 2022

Earlier this year, the California Medical Association (CMA) worked with the Governor and legislature to secure $1.3 billion in the state budget to provide retention bonuses for California’s physicians and other health care providers. The retention bonuses, of up to $1,000, will be available to employees of hospitals, clinics that are 1206(l)s and affiliated with a hospital, or skilled nursing facilities and physicians who provided patient care in those facilities during the eligibility period, which ran from July 30 to October 28, 2022.

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has created a two-step process to receive a retention bonus.

Step 1: Register

In the first step, qualifying independent/solo physicians will need to register with DHCS. If you are a physician employed by a medical group or other eligible health care facility, your employer is required to apply on your behalf; therefore, you should not register/apply on your own. Contact your employer for more information.

The deadline to register is December 21, 2022, but we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to minimize delays.

Step 2: Apply

Once you have successfully registered, you will also need to submit an application. All requests for payment must be submitted by December 30, 2022.

DHCS anticipates issuing payments in January 2023. 

For more details on the process and what information is required, click here.  


The California Medical Association (CMA) recently cohosted a webinar with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide physicians and physician groups with an overview of the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments. The free one-hour webinar is available on-demand.

During the webinar, DHCS discusses who is eligible for the bonus payment and provides an overview of the registration and application processes.


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