Analysis of the Proposed Rule on Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas
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.
Released: April 14, 2008; revised: May 1, 2008.