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News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 15, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the Shortage Areas website and are current as of May 1, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 2, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $20.3 million to 44 recipients to support the training of addiction specialists at facilities in high need communities. HRSA's Addiction Medicine Fellowship (AMF) program aims to address the opioid crisis and increase the number of the number of fellows accredited addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellowship programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 21, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks input from the public on considerations that may inform future changes to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scoring criteria. Submissions may include feedback regarding current HPSA scoring criteria and alternative approaches; comments may be submitted through September 18, 2020.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 21, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks input from the public on considerations that may inform decisions regarding the criteria for and identification of Maternity Care Health Professional Target Areas (MCTAs). Outlines areas of consideration for public input which is due by September 18, 2020.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
May 11, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking additional public comment on revisions to the Shortage Designation Management System which is used to collect information needed to designate Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas/Medically Underserved Populations (MUA/Ps). Comments are due by June 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 8, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Health Resources and Services Administrations and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services giving flexibility to those providing services to Medicare, Medicaid, Basic Health Program, and Exchange beneficiaries in order to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides a table outlining flexibilities and the dates in which they are applicable, including those for providers and facilities in rural areas. This interim rule is effective May 8, 2020 and comments are due July 7, 2020.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 6/15/2020