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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Recruitment Assistance Program

The Rural Assistance program (RAP) provides qualifying physicians, dentists, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, or certified registered nurse anesthetists incentive payment in return for three continuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Requests for participation in this recruitment program are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. A community or facility representative should contact the Office of Rural Health to request an assessment to determine eligibility. The amount of the incentive payment beginning July 1, 2021, for a qualifying physician or dentist is $248,098. The amount of the incentive payment beginning July 1, 2021, for a qualifying physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetist is approximately $70,054.40.

To be eligible a physician must:

  • Be licensed as a physician in South Dakota
  • Have completed an accredited residency program in family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Agree to practice full time as a physician in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under SDCL 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare, and State Children's Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such a program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment, or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area
  • Be recruited to a community and be on-site and practicing for less than four months

*Currently there is 1 slot available for a physician to participate in this program.

To be eligible a dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a dentist in South Dakota
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Agree to practice full time as a general or pediatric dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under SDCL 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare, and State Children's Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such a program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment, or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area
  • Be recruited to a community and be on-site and practicing for less than four months

*Currently there is 1 slot available for a dentist to participate in this program.

To be eligible a physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetists must:

  • Be licensed in South Dakota as a physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetists
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Agree to practice full-time in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under SDCL 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare, and State Children's Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such a program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment, or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area
  • Be recruited to a community and be on-site and practicing for less than four months

*Currently there are 0 slots available for a physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or certified registered nurse anesthetists to participate in this program.

*NOTE: The number of participants is current as of July 1, 2021, and subject to change.

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less and must not be located within a 20-mile radius extending from the city center of a city of 50,000 people or more
  • Have an unmet provider need > 0.25 FTE
  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total amount of the incentive payment (see below). Payment to the provider must be made during the contract time frame.
PHYSICIAN OR DENTIST
Population Percentage Community Payment State Payment
0 – 2,500 25% $62,024.50 $186,073.50
2,501 – 4,999 50% $124,049 $124,049
5,000 – 10,000 75% $186,073.50 $62,024.50


PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTITIONER, CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE, OR CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS
Population Percentage Community Payment State Payment
0 – 2,500 25% $17,513.60 $52,540.80
2,501 – 4,999 50% $35,027.20 $35,027.20
5,000 – 10,000 75% $52,540.80 $17,513.60


  • Be assessed by the Department of Health to evaluate the community's need for eligible providers and its ability to sustain and support additional providers and be found eligible for participation. In determining eligibility, our office reviews information such as:
    • Number of provider full-time equivalent (FTE) in the community
    • Population of the community and surrounding area
    • Ratio of 1 provider FTE per 1,500 people to determine the need for an additional physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife
    • Ratio of 1 provider FTE per 3,000 people to determine the need for an additional dentist
       

    View communities that have participated in the Rucruitment Assistance Program View Communities currently participating in the Rucruitment Assistance Program.

    For laws pertaining to the Recruitment Assistance Program, click here. For additional information about the Recruitment Assistance Program, contact: Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501, phone 1-800-738-2301.

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