A Federal Register notice updating the designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) was published on June 29. The main impact of this publication will be to officially withdraw those HPSAs that have been in either “proposed for withdrawal” or “no new data” status since the last Federal Register notice was published.
The following listings include all HPSAs that were designated as of April 1, 2012:
New HPSAs may have been designated and other HPSAs may have been proposed for withdrawal or had no new data supplied to support their continued designation since April 1. These changes will be reflected in on-line searches, such as Find a HPSA and the Data Warehouse, but will not match the information in the Federal Register, due to the time required to prepare the official notice.
HPSAs that were designated after April 1, 2012 are considered designated even though they are not on the Federal Register listing; HPSAs that have been placed in “proposed for withdrawal” or no new data” status since April 1, 2012 will remain in that status until the publication of the next Federal Register notice.
Programs that use HPSAs to determine eligibility may utilize the HPSA data as of a certain date in time in order to facilitate program operations. To locate NHSC approved sites with eligible HPSAs and the corresponding HPSA scores for use in the National Health Service Corps programs, individuals should refer to the NHSC Jobs Center.
If you have questions about the information on HPSAs, please contact your State Primary Care Office.