George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 2
Underserved Populations; Community Health Centers; Health Homes
Numerous safety net programs and health care providers depend on Medically Underserved Area and Population (MUA/P) and Health Professional Shortage (HPSA) designations to qualify for federal funding, physician subsidies and placement, and health-related investments to improve access to care for communities and populations at high risk of poor health. These resources are particularly critical for federally-qualified health centers at a time when the number of uninsured is growing and the capacity of the safety net shrinking. On February 29, 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed regulation to alter the way these designations are made. This report provides the first up-to-date analysis of the effects of the new regulations; the impact analysis contained in the Federal Register notice was based on 1999 data, while this one uses data from 2005.
Shin, P., Ku, L., Jones, E., & Rosenbaum, S. (2008). Analysis of the proposed rule on designation of medically underserved populations and health professional shortage areas (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 2). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.