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Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has a great list of HPSA frequently asked questions on their website.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that the ADHS Shortage Designation Program receives:

Is my area or facility designated as a HPSA?

The best place to check the designation status of your area or facility is HSPA Finder.

When was my area/facility last designated or evaluated for HPSA designation?

To find out the last time that a HPSA designation was updated, go to HSPA Finder and click on the “advanced search” link at the top of the search box.

HPSA area designations expire every three (3) years. Shortly before they expire, they are reevaluated by the Primary Care Office for redesignation. Automatic HPSA designations do not expire but their scores should be updated periodically. Contact Tracy Lenartz to inquire about updating an automatic HPSA.

There have been some recent changes in the number of providers in my area/facility; how to I request a reevaluation or score update?

In unique situations, the Shortage Designation Program will reevaluate a HPSA designation or score before its three (3) year designation status has expired. An early reevaluation of a HPSA designation is done on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Primary Care Office; please contact Tracy Lenartz for more information.

What is the application process for HPSA designation?

Please review the HPSA designation process page for detailed information on the application process.

How do I find out if I qualify for the Physician’s Medicare Bonus program?

Physicians in geographic Primary Care or Mental Health HPSAs may be eligible for a 10% increase in Medicare reimbursement. (Note: This bonus payment does NOT apply to population HPSAs. It is the physician's responsibility to verify their eligibility for the Medicare HPSA Bonus Payment.)