HRSA has two shortage designations: Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/MUP). Many Federal and state programs use the designations as a determinant of eligibility. The most-often referenced are:
HPSAs can be primary care medical, dental or mental health. Each has its own set of specific designation criteria. All include
The MUA/MUP designation is also based on a rational service area and an index of medical under service, which is based on health status, demographic factors and the population-to-provider ratio.
There is not a standard application form to apply for HPSA or MUA designation, but there is a process. It starts with your state Primary Care Office, which has the expertise, data and access to the on-line application system, which accelerates the application and review process. Your state Primary Care Office also is the primary contact for HRSA in developing and reviewing designation requests and updates.