Navigation Links
HRSA Proposes Rule to Revise, Combine HPSAs, MUPs
Date:3/5/2008

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today proposed a new rule that will improve the way underserved areas and populations are designated and target federal resources to the people and communities who need them most.

The notice, printed in today's Federal Register, consolidates the criteria for designating medically underserved populations (MUPs) and health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) into a single new methodology called the Index of Primary Care Underservice.

The proposed rule meets goals of the revision, which were to:

-- create a simpler system for those who seek designation by consolidating the two existing procedures and their sets of criteria;

-- incorporate better measures of health status and access;

-- improve identification of new, currently undesignated areas of need and currently designated areas no longer in need; and

-- minimize unnecessary disruption.

"The new methodology offers a significant improvement in the identification of communities experiencing limited access to primary care services," HRSA Administrator Elizabeth Duke said. "The revisions will help the Department target resources more effectively to areas of greater relative need."

The MUP and HPSA designations currently are used in a number of HHS programs. The major use of MUP designations is to determine health centers' (http://bphc.hrsa.gov/) eligibility to receive federal grants, since health centers are required to serve medically underserved populations. The major use of HPSA designations is by the National Health Service Corps (http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/); the NHSC relies on HPSA designations to assign clinicians, who must serve in areas with shortages of health professionals.

HHS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/default.asp?) uses geographic and population-based HPSA designations among the criteria to determine if an entity qualifies as a Rural Health Clinic (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CertificationandComplianc/18_RHCs.asp), a status that results in special methods of determining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

The Index of Primary Care Underservice will provide CMS and HRSA with a single measurement for identifying underserved areas and populations.

Additionally, federal government agencies and state health departments can recommend waiver of the return-home requirements for an International Medical Graduate physician who came to the United States on a J-1 visa in return for three years of service by that physician in a particular HPSA.

A 60-day public comment period commences from the date the notice appeared in the Federal Register. Information on submitting comments is included in the FR notice.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit http://www.hrsa.gov. For information on the Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Population designations, see Shortage Designation (http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/).


'/>"/>
SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Proposes New Rules for Sunscreens
2. Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist proposes new theory of brain flexibility
3. Lake Forest Hospital Proposes a New Health Care System in Lake County
4. California Stem Cell Agency Proposes Unjustified Increase in Top Salary Ranges
5. Can cancer drugs combine forces?
6. Polar Partners with Podfitness.com to Combine MP3 Play Lists and Heart Rate Training
7. Study Finds New Version of QIAGENs HPV Test for Developing Countries Could Reduce Risk of Cervical Cancer by More than Half When Combined With Appropriate Treatment
8. The Dancetown Fitness System: a Radical New Approach to Physical Exercise for Adults Combines State-of-the-Art Computer Technology and Dance
9. Phase III Trial of VELCADE(R) (Bortezomib) for Injection Showed Dramatic Fourfold Increase in Complete Remission Rates When Combined With the Most Commonly Used U.S. Regimen in Front-Line Multiple Myeloma
10. Combined Boards Provide Better Care to More Clients More Efficiently
11. Combined HRT increases risk of lobular breast cancer fourfold after just 3 years of use
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Full Contact K9, an Atlanta-based dog ... Protect Law that assists dog owners in creating legally-enforceable pet trusts for their ... the natural next step to protect their new companion. Says Evan Dunbar, CEO of ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... Youth Futures International (YFI) premiered its Serve, ... high school and college students who have participated in the program every summer. ... is now accepting applications for enrollment. Visit http://www.ghana.yfiexperience.org to learn more. ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Wells ... for attending prescribers at the upcoming World Congress, in Hollywood Florida April 6-8, ... been recognized as the visionary leader in the training of physicians, scientists, and ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... Based on research from Guardian’s ... face in trying to balance both short-term and long-term benefits demands. Are ... the growing complexity, companies are finding that the short-term strategies used to control ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ... (GRMA) is growing as it continues developing an ANSI-approved, consensus-based American National ... organization, which plans to publish the first ANSI-approved GMP standard for dietary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... and Markets has announced the addition of the "South Korean Proton ... report to their offering. ... The South Korean Proton Therapy Market is expected to almost triple ... Therapy Market for South Korea was valued at ... plays an important role in delivering comprehensive cancer care to children and ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 2017  Experts in the field in alcohol ... Soberlink Systems  as a model for recovery through ... early 2017, concluded that remote blood alcohol monitoring ... recovery." The findings of the expert ... detail a range of variables that are commonplace ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017 Optometrists have ... as the highest standard in quality and care ... introduces its objective Wavefront-driven refraction technologies and process ... This enables an unprecedented level of refraction and ... vision relegated to Topgun Navy fighter pilots, but ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: