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Health Professional Shortage Areas
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What Can You Do With a HPSA?

A Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation can be very important to sites as well as the clinicians employed within the sites. These designations are used to qualify sites and clinicians for many state and federal programs. To help clarify the different types of HPSAs and to whom they are available, I have prepared a brief overview of each type of designation and some of the programs for which they are used. Please note that the programs noted in the linked document are not an exhaustive list, but the programs for which these designations are most utilized. To view the list please click here. If you have any questions on HPSA designations please contact Natalie (Brown) Morrison at 317-630-0845 or nmorrison@indianapca.org.

HPSAs may be designated as having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers. They may be urban or rural areas, population groups or medical or other public facilities.

Federal opportunities available to Health Professional Shortage Areas include:

  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs
  • Rural Health Clinic
  • Medicare Incentive Payments (geographic designations only)
  • J-1 visa waiver physician

For more on the HPSA Designation Criteria, Guidelines & Process please click here.

To view the Medicare Learning Network's HPSA Fact Sheet click here.

To search for a shortage designation by a specific address please click here.

To search for a HPSA designation by county please click here.

For more information on how to get an area designated please contact:
Natalie (Brown) Morrison 
Shortage Designations and National Health Service Corps Program Director
Indiana Primary Health Care Association
429 N. Pennsylvania St., Ste 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: 317-630-0845
Fax: 317-630-0849
nmorrison@indianapca.org