Types of Designations

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Shortage Designation Modernization Project
We are modernizing the shortage designation process with automated procedures and standardized data sets.

There are several types of shortage designations: 

All describe geographic areas, populations, or facilities that have a shortage of health providers or health services. 

How federal programs use shortage designation

Below is a snapshot of some of the federal programs that use different types of shortage designations to determine eligibility.

Primary Care

Shortage Designation Option

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

NURSE Corps

Health Center Program

CMS Medicare Incentive Payment

CMS Rural Health Clinic Program

J-1 Visa Waiver

Geographic HPSA

X

X

 

X

X

X

Population HPSA

X

X

 

 

X

X

Facility HPSA

X

X

 

 

 

X

Dental Care

Shortage Designation Option

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

NURSE Corps

Health Center Program

CMS Medicare Incentive Payment

CMS Rural Health Clinic Program

J-1 Visa Waiver

Geographic HPSA

X

 

 

 

 

 

Population HPSA

X

 

 

 

 

 

Facility HPSA

X

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health

Shortage Designation Option

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

NURSE Corps

Health Center Program

CMS Medicare Incentive Payment

CMS Rural Health Clinic Program

J-1 Visa Waiver

Geographic HPSA

X

X

 

X

 

X

Population HPSA

X

X

 

 

 

X

Facility HPSA

X

X

 

 

 

X

Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

Shortage Designation Option

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

NURSE Corps

Health Center Program

CMS Medicare Incentive Payment

CMS Rural Health Clinic Program

J-1 Visa Waiver

Exceptional MUP

 

 

X

 

 

X

MUA

 

 

X

 

X

X

MUP

 

 

X

 

 

X

State Governor's Certified Shortage Areas for RHCs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019


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