Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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 Federally 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:

National Health Service Corps Sites

South Dakota Primary Care, Dental Care
and Mental Health Care Survey

The South Dakota Office of Rural Health collects provider information for calculating health professional shortage area (HPSA) and medically underserved area/population (MUA/MUP) designations. This information is needed from each relevant health care provider practicing in the State.

Primary Care survey to be completed by MD/DO providers in the following Specialties: Family Medicine/General Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN

Dental Care survey to be completed by: General Dentist and Pediatric Dentist

Mental Care survey to be completed by: Psychiatrists

Please keep in mind for this survey direct patient care hours includes: Clinic, in-hospital care activities such as rounds, etc. but EXCLUDE Surgery, Emergency Room, Nursing Home activities and Administrative duties.

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