|Annual Review||Statute requires that HPSAs be reviewed annually. This is implemented by requiring updates of HPSAs more than three years old. For example, those HPSAs designated or last updated in 2001 were scheduled for review in 2005. Update requests are sent to State Primary Care Offices, Governors’ Offices and other organizations in the State. Those HPSAs for which no data is received are proposed for withdrawal (see “N” Status below).|
|FTE||Number of full-time equivalent non-Federal primary medical care/dental/mental health providers serving the area, population group, or facility.|
|Metro/NonMetro||County level Metropolitan Area Classifications are determined by Office of Management and Budget. More information is available at the U.S. Census Bureau.|
Undetermined - not designated; updated population or FTE count entered on date indicated
Geographic Single County - whole county designated as HPSA
|Score||HPSA Scores are developed for use by the National Health Service Corps in determining priorities for assignment of clinicians. Scores range from 1 to 25 for primary care and mental health, 1 to 26 for dental. The higher the score, the greater the priority.|
All Federally Qualified Health Centers and those Rural Health Clinics that provide access to care regardless of ability to pay receive automatic facility HPSA designation. These facilities may have a HPSA score of 0.
|# Short||The number of FTE providers needed to remove the designation [also known as the de-designation threshold].|