SHORTAGE DESIGNATIONS

Center staff work with local health care providers and interested community organizations to determine the availability of primary care providers in a county or service area (a service area is usually a portion of a county). If the area meets criteria, staff request that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designate it a shortage or underserved area. Areas that do not meet the criteria for federal designation may qualify as a state-designated shortage area. The center also maintains a database of primary care physicians practicing in rural and underserved areas.

Shortage area designations allow providers to participate in a variety of different state and federal programs.  The designations include health professional shortage areas (HPSA), medically underserved areas (MUA), medically underserved populations (MUP), Illinois designated physician shortage areas, and areas qualifying for rural health clinic development.

The Center for Rural Health has developed criteria to designate state shortage areas to meet requirements of several state funded programs. These criteria have been accepted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of qualifying areas for rural health clinic development.


Shortage Areas in Illinois

HPSA Query Site

Program Participation Eligibility Conferred by Underserved and Shortage Area Designation Category
Programs that Require Underserved or Shortage Designations for Participation Illinois Physician Shortage Area

Federal Designation Category

Medically Underserved

Health Professional Shortage Area

Geographic Area (MUA) Population Group (MUP) Geographic Area Population Group Facility
Federal Programs
National Health Service Corps Scholar Recruitment No No No

Yes, can be for profit; must have necessary HPSA score

Yes, can be for profit; must include 51% or more of population group in practice

Yes, can be for profit; must have necessary HPSA score

National Health Service Corps Educational Loan Repayment Program (Federally administered) No No No

Yes, can be for profit; must have necessary HPSA score

Yes, can be for profit; must include 51% or more of population group in practice

Yes, can be for profit; must have necessary HPSA score

Medicare 10% Bonus Payment No No No Yes No No
Rural Health Clinic Program Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Federally Qualified Health Center, both grant funded and look a like No Yes Yes No No No
State of Illinois Programs
Medical Student Scholarship Program Yes No No Yes Yes, must include 51% of population group in practice Yes
Allied Health Professionals Scholarship Program Yes No No Yes Yes, must include 51% of population group in practice Yes
J 1 Visa Waiver No Yes
(specialist only)
No Yes Yes, must include 51% of population group in practice Yes
Educational Loan Repayment Program (Illinois administered) No No No Yes, must be public or nonprofit entity Yes, must be public or nonprofit entity; must include 51% or more of population group in practice Yes, must be public or nonprofit entity

 

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