Health Professional Shortage Areas
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are determined by calculating the population to provider ratio in a service area that can be as small as a census tract or as big as a multi-county region. If the population to provider ratio meets federal requirements, the area can be officially designated a HPSA. A HPSA designation is important because it is used as a qualifier for over 30 federal programs. Some of these programs provide increased Medicaid and/or Medicare re-imbursement and others assist with provider recruitment. Staff within the Wyoming Office of Rural Health are available to assist underserved communities obtain a HPSA designation if they meet federal requirements.
Programs that use HPSA designations - Some of these programs may no longer be active.
More Programs that use HPSA designations - This list is from the Negotiated Rule Making Committee's report dated 10-31-2011.
Maps (click on the underlined headings below to view a map)
Primary Care HPSA - Updated October 2012
Dental HPSA - Updated October 2012
Mental Health HPSA - Updated October 2012
Fact Sheet on HPSAs - This is a four page fact sheet from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services
Shortage Designation Negotiated Rule Making Committee final report - Eighty-three page final report sent to the HHS Secretary for approval. The final report was published 10-31-11. The final report did not receive complete consensus so the HHS Secretary has full authority to approve none, some, all, or any process the HHS Secretary feels appropriate.
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