HRSA Publishes HPSA List and Updates on HPSAs for Withdrawal

On July 7, HRSA published the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, dental health, and mental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of April 29, 2022.  In this notice, HRSA also indicated that the agency will be providing a longer transition time for jurisdictions and facilities to prepare for potential changes to HPSA designations given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically, HPSA designations that are currently proposed for withdrawal will remain designated in “proposed for withdrawal” status until they are reevaluated in preparation for the publication of the 2023 HPSA notice. This additional time will allow jurisdictions to re-evaluate their HPSAs against the designation criteria, and plan for potential changes in staffing.