Shortage Designation

Throughout the U.S., there are geographic areas, populations, and facilities with too few primary care, dental and mental health providers and services. In conjunction with State Primary Care Offices, HRSA determines which of these should be “shortage designations,” and are therefore eligible to receive certain federal resources. This page provides information on recent policy developments regarding shortage designations.

Helpful Resources

HRSA website on Shortage Designation Modernization Project

National Update to Auto-HPSA Scores

HRSA plans to update all auto-HPSA scores in late spring 2019, with the stated goals of increasing consistency and transparency, and coming into compliance with statutory requirements.  These materials provide information on this updates.

Recording of Nov. 1, 2018 NACHC Webinar on Changes on Auto-HPSAs

Slides from Nov. 1, 2018 NACHC Webinar on Changes to Auto-HPSAs

Updated NACHC FAQs re: Updates to Auto-HPSAs

Scoring Factors for Auto-HPSAs