The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has updated all automatically designated Health Professional Shortage Area (Auto-HPSA) scores. All Auto-HPSA organizations have received HPSA scores for primary care, dental, and mental health.
With the implementation of this update, for the first time Auto-HPSAs are now scored electronically, not manually, streamlining the process and ensuring that all HPSAs nationwide are in a single online system.
No Auto-HPSAs have lost their HPSA designations as a result of the national update.
Current National Health Service Corps (NHSC) participants and those awarded this year are not affected by the national update. Updated scores will be used for the FY 2020 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle, which will open in February 2020.
Auto-HPSA scores are expected to change further. All Auto-HPSA organizations have the option to submit system and supplemental data rescore requests through the Auto-HPSA portal (via the BHW Customer Service Portal).
Visit the Shortage Designation Modernization Project for more information about the national update and technical assistance webinars.