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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Problems Remain With Primary Care Shortage Area Designation System

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Reviews the number and location of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and federal programs that use HPSA designations to allocate resources or provide benefits. Discusses available research on HPSA designation criteria and methodology. Addresses the impact of a 2002 provision that automatically designates Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and certain Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) as facility HPSAs.
Date
10/2006
Type
Document
Organization
Government Accountability Office
Tagged as
Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health workforce shortage designations · Policy · Rural Health Clinics