Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas
The Public Health Service Act provides that the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall designate health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), based on criteria established by regulation. The authority for designation of HPSAs is delegated to the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Division of Shortage Designation. Designation as a HPSA is a prerequisite to application for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) recruitment assistance (loan repayment and scholarship programs), and CMS Medicare Incentive Payments. Designation as an MUA is a prerequisite for Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Designation as a HPSA or MUA is required for CMS Rural Health Clinic certification and for the J-1 Visa Waiver Program.
Maps of South Dakota Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas: