Designating Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Populations/Medically Underserved Areas: A Primer on Basic Issues to Resolve
Cutler Institute, Population Health and Health Policy, USM Aging Initiative, Health and Wellness
The purpose of this paper is to help interested parties consider issues related to the designation of Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs), and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The paper includes narrative describing key issues and a table summarizing how the designations establish eligibility for programs important to rural medical care delivery.
This report was funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Coburn, A. F., Lundblad, J. P., MacKinney, A. C., McBride, T. D., & Mueller, K. J. (2010). Designating health professional shortage areas and medically underserved populations/medically underserved areas: A primer on basic issues to resolve. Columbia, MO: Rural Policy Research Institute, RUPRI Health Panel.