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SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of entities, and their Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) personnel (Corps Personnel, Corps members) for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 is posted on the NHSC Web site at http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/resources/ fedreg-hpol/. This list specifies which entities are eligible to receive assignment of Corps members who are participating in the NHSC Scholarship Program, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and Corps members who have become Corps members other than pursuant to contractual obligations under the Scholarship or Loan Repayment Programs. Please note that not all vacancies associated with sites on this list will be for Corps members, but could be for individuals serving an obligation to the NHSC through the Private Practice Option. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32853 Eligible HPSAs and Entities To be eligible to receive assignment of Corps personnel, entities must: (1) Have a current HPSA designation by the Shortage Designation Branch in the Office of Workforce Evaluation and Quality Assurance, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration; (2) enter into an agreement with the State agency that administers Medicaid, accept payment under Medicare and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, see all patients regardless of their ability to pay, and use and post a discounted fee plan; and (3) be determined by the Secretary to have (a) a need and demand for health manpower in the area; (b) appropriately and efficiently used Corps members assigned to the entity in the past; (c) general community support for the assignment of Corps members; (d) made unsuccessful efforts to recruit; and (e) a reasonable prospect for sound fiscal management by the entity with respect to Corps members assigned there. Priority in approving applications for assignment of Corps members goes to sites that (1) provide primary, mental, and/or oral health services to a HPSA of greatest shortage; (2) are part of a system of care that provides a continuum of services, including comprehensive primary health care and appropriate referrals or arrangements for secondary and tertiary care; (3) have a documented record of sound fiscal management; and (4) will experience a negative impact on its capacity to provide primary health services if a Corps member is not assigned to the entity. Entities that receive assignment of Corps personnel must assure that (1) the position will permit the full scope of practice and that the clinician meets the credentialing requirements of the State and site; and (2) the Corps member assigned to the entity is engaged in fulltime clinical practice at the approved service location for a minimum of 40 hours per week with at least 32 hours per week in the ambulatory care setting. Obstetricians/gynecologists, certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and family practitioners who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, are required to engage in a minimum of 21 hours per week of outpatient clinical practice. The remaining hours, making up the minimum 40-hour per week total, include delivery and other clinical hospital-based duties. For all Corps personnel, time spent on-call does not count toward the 40 hours per week. In addition, sites receiving assignment of Corps personnel are expected to (1) report to the NHSC all absences in excess of the authorized number of days E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1 32854 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 114 / Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES (up to 35 work days or 280 hours per contract year); (2) report to the NHSC any change in the status of an NHSC clinician at the site; (3) provide the time and leave records, schedules, and any related personnel documents for NHSC assignees (including documentation, if applicable, of the reason(s) for the termination of an NHSC clinician’s employment at the site prior to his or her obligated service end date); and (4) submit a Uniform Data System (UDS) report. The UDS system allows the site to assess the age, sex, race/ethnicity of, and provider encounter records for, its user population. The UDS reports are site specific. Providers fulfilling NHSC commitments are assigned to a specific site or, in some cases, more than one site. The scope of activity to be reported in UDS includes all activity at the site(s) to which the Corps member is assigned. Evaluation and Selection Process In approving applications for the assignment of Corps members, the Secretary shall give priority to any such application that is made regarding the provision of primary health services to a HPSA with the greatest shortage. For the program year July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008, HPSAs of greatest shortage for determination of priority for assignment of Corps personnel will be defined as follows: (1) Primary care HPSAs with scores of 14 and above are authorized for the assignment of Corps members who are primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), or CNMs participating in the Scholarship Program; (2) mental health HPSAs with scores of 19 and above are authorized for the assignment of Corps members who are psychiatrists participating in the Scholarship Program; (3) dental HPSAs with scores of 18 and above are authorized for the assignment of Corps members who are dentists participating in the Scholarship Program; and (5) HPSAs (appropriate to each discipline) with scores of 17 and above are authorized for priority assignment of Corps members who are participating in the Loan Repayment Program. HPSAs with scores below 17 will be eligible to receive assignment of Corps personnel participating in the Loan Repayment Program only after assignments are made of those Corps members matching to those HPSAs receiving priority for placement of Corps members through the Loan Repayment Program (i.e., HPSAs scoring 17 or above). Placements made through the Loan Repayment Program in HPSAs with scores 16 or below will be made by decreasing HPSA score, and only to the extent that funding remains available. All sites on the list are eligible sites for VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Jun 13, 2007 Jkt 211001 individuals wishing to serve in an underserved area but who are not contractually obligated under the Scholarship or Loan Repayment Program. A listing of HPSAs and their scores is posted at http:// hpsafind.hrsa.gov/. Sites qualifying for automatic primary care and dental HPSA designations have been scored and may be authorized to receive assignment of Corps members if they meet the criteria outlined above and their HPSA scores are above the stated cutoffs. If there are any sites on the list with an unscored HPSA designation they are authorized for the assignment of Corps personnel participating in the Loan Repayment Program only, after assignments are made of those Corps members matching to scored HPSAs and only to the extent that funding remains available. When these HPSAs receive scores, these sites will then be authorized to receive assignment of Corps members if they meet the criteria outlined above and their newly assigned scores are above the stated cutoffs. The number of new NHSC placements through the Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs allowed at any one site are limited to the following: (1) Primary Health Care (a) Loan Repayment Program—no more than 2 allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) physicians; and no more than a combined total of 2 NPs, PAs, or CNMs. (b) Scholarship Program—no more than 2 physicians (MD or DO); and no more than a combined total of 2 NPs, PAs, or CNMs. (2) Dental (a) Loan Repayment Program—no more than 2 dentists and 2 dental hygienists. (b) Scholarship Program—no more than 1 dentist. (3) Mental Health (a) Loan Repayment Program—no more than 2 psychiatrists (MD or DO); and no more than a combined total of 2 clinical or counseling psychologists; licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, or psychiatric nurse specialists. (b) Scholarship Program—no more than 1 psychiatrist. Application Requests, Dates and Address longer meet eligibility criteria, including HPSA score, will be removed from the priority listing. Entities interested in being added to the high priority list must submit an NHSC Recruitment and Retention Assistance Application to: National Health Service Corps, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8A–08, Rockville, MD 20857, fax 301–594–2721. These applications must be submitted on or before the deadline date of March 28, 2008. Applications submitted after this deadline date will be considered for placement on the priority placement list in the following program year. Any changes to this deadline will be posted on the NHSC Web site at http:// nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov. Entities interested in receiving application materials may do so by calling the HRSA call center at 1–800– 221–9393. They may also get information and download application materials from: http:// nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/applications/ rraa.cfm. Additional Information Entities wishing to provide additional data and information in support of their inclusion on the proposed list of HPSAs and entities that would receive priority in assignment of Corps members, must do so in writing no later than July 16, 2007. This information should be submitted to: Susan Salter, Chief, Site Identification and Application Branch, Division of National Health Service Corps, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8A–08, Rockville, MD 20857. This information will be considered in preparing the final list of HPSAs and entities that are receiving priority for the assignment of Corps personnel. Paperwork Reduction Act: The Recruitment & Retention Assistance Application has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The OMB clearance number is 0915–0230. The program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs (as implemented through 45 CFR part 100). Dated: June 7, 2007. Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator. [FR Doc. E7–11423 Filed 6–13–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P The list of HPSAs and entities that are eligible to receive priority for the placement of Corps personnel may be updated periodically. Entities that no PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14JNN1.SGM 14JNN1

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[FR Doc No: E7-11423]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of Corps Personnel

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 
announces that the listing of entities, and their Health Professional 
Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, that will receive priority for the 
assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) personnel (Corps 
Personnel, Corps members) for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 
2008 is posted on the NHSC Web site at http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/
resources/fedreg-hpol/. This list specifies which entities are eligible 
to receive assignment of Corps members who are participating in the 
NHSC Scholarship Program, the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and Corps 
members who have become Corps members other than pursuant to 
contractual obligations under the Scholarship or Loan Repayment 
Programs. Please note that not all vacancies associated with sites on 
this list will be for Corps members, but could be for individuals 
serving an obligation to the NHSC through the Private Practice Option.

Eligible HPSAs and Entities

    To be eligible to receive assignment of Corps personnel, entities 
must: (1) Have a current HPSA designation by the Shortage Designation 
Branch in the Office of Workforce Evaluation and Quality Assurance, 
Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services 
Administration; (2) enter into an agreement with the State agency that 
administers Medicaid, accept payment under Medicare and the State 
Children's Health Insurance Program, see all patients regardless of 
their ability to pay, and use and post a discounted fee plan; and (3) 
be determined by the Secretary to have (a) a need and demand for health 
manpower in the area; (b) appropriately and efficiently used Corps 
members assigned to the entity in the past; (c) general community 
support for the assignment of Corps members; (d) made unsuccessful 
efforts to recruit; and (e) a reasonable prospect for sound fiscal 
management by the entity with respect to Corps members assigned there. 
Priority in approving applications for assignment of Corps members goes 
to sites that (1) provide primary, mental, and/or oral health services 
to a HPSA of greatest shortage; (2) are part of a system of care that 
provides a continuum of services, including comprehensive primary 
health care and appropriate referrals or arrangements for secondary and 
tertiary care; (3) have a documented record of sound fiscal management; 
and (4) will experience a negative impact on its capacity to provide 
primary health services if a Corps member is not assigned to the 
entity.
    Entities that receive assignment of Corps personnel must assure 
that (1) the position will permit the full scope of practice and that 
the clinician meets the credentialing requirements of the State and 
site; and (2) the Corps member assigned to the entity is engaged in 
full-time clinical practice at the approved service location for a 
minimum of 40 hours per week with at least 32 hours per week in the 
ambulatory care setting. Obstetricians/gynecologists, certified nurse 
midwives (CNMs), and family practitioners who practice obstetrics on a 
regular basis, are required to engage in a minimum of 21 hours per week 
of outpatient clinical practice. The remaining hours, making up the 
minimum 40-hour per week total, include delivery and other clinical 
hospital-based duties. For all Corps personnel, time spent on-call does 
not count toward the 40 hours per week. In addition, sites receiving 
assignment of Corps personnel are expected to (1) report to the NHSC 
all absences in excess of the authorized number of days

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(up to 35 work days or 280 hours per contract year); (2) report to the 
NHSC any change in the status of an NHSC clinician at the site; (3) 
provide the time and leave records, schedules, and any related 
personnel documents for NHSC assignees (including documentation, if 
applicable, of the reason(s) for the termination of an NHSC clinician's 
employment at the site prior to his or her obligated service end date); 
and (4) submit a Uniform Data System (UDS) report. The UDS system 
allows the site to assess the age, sex, race/ethnicity of, and provider 
encounter records for, its user population. The UDS reports are site 
specific. Providers fulfilling NHSC commitments are assigned to a 
specific site or, in some cases, more than one site. The scope of 
activity to be reported in UDS includes all activity at the site(s) to 
which the Corps member is assigned.

Evaluation and Selection Process

    In approving applications for the assignment of Corps members, the 
Secretary shall give priority to any such application that is made 
regarding the provision of primary health services to a HPSA with the 
greatest shortage. For the program year July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008, 
HPSAs of greatest shortage for determination of priority for assignment 
of Corps personnel will be defined as follows: (1) Primary care HPSAs 
with scores of 14 and above are authorized for the assignment of Corps 
members who are primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners 
(NPs), physician assistants (PAs), or CNMs participating in the 
Scholarship Program; (2) mental health HPSAs with scores of 19 and 
above are authorized for the assignment of Corps members who are 
psychiatrists participating in the Scholarship Program; (3) dental 
HPSAs with scores of 18 and above are authorized for the assignment of 
Corps members who are dentists participating in the Scholarship 
Program; and (5) HPSAs (appropriate to each discipline) with scores of 
17 and above are authorized for priority assignment of Corps members 
who are participating in the Loan Repayment Program. HPSAs with scores 
below 17 will be eligible to receive assignment of Corps personnel 
participating in the Loan Repayment Program only after assignments are 
made of those Corps members matching to those HPSAs receiving priority 
for placement of Corps members through the Loan Repayment Program 
(i.e., HPSAs scoring 17 or above). Placements made through the Loan 
Repayment Program in HPSAs with scores 16 or below will be made by 
decreasing HPSA score, and only to the extent that funding remains 
available. All sites on the list are eligible sites for individuals 
wishing to serve in an underserved area but who are not contractually 
obligated under the Scholarship or Loan Repayment Program. A listing of 
HPSAs and their scores is posted at http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/.
    Sites qualifying for automatic primary care and dental HPSA 
designations have been scored and may be authorized to receive 
assignment of Corps members if they meet the criteria outlined above 
and their HPSA scores are above the stated cutoffs. If there are any 
sites on the list with an unscored HPSA designation they are authorized 
for the assignment of Corps personnel participating in the Loan 
Repayment Program only, after assignments are made of those Corps 
members matching to scored HPSAs and only to the extent that funding 
remains available. When these HPSAs receive scores, these sites will 
then be authorized to receive assignment of Corps members if they meet 
the criteria outlined above and their newly assigned scores are above 
the stated cutoffs.
    The number of new NHSC placements through the Scholarship and Loan 
Repayment Programs allowed at any one site are limited to the 
following:
(1) Primary Health Care
    (a) Loan Repayment Program--no more than 2 allopathic (MD) or 
osteopathic (DO) physicians; and no more than a combined total of 2 
NPs, PAs, or CNMs.
    (b) Scholarship Program--no more than 2 physicians (MD or DO); and 
no more than a combined total of 2 NPs, PAs, or CNMs.
(2) Dental
    (a) Loan Repayment Program--no more than 2 dentists and 2 dental 
hygienists.
    (b) Scholarship Program--no more than 1 dentist.
(3) Mental Health
    (a) Loan Repayment Program--no more than 2 psychiatrists (MD or 
DO); and no more than a combined total of 2 clinical or counseling 
psychologists; licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional 
counselors, marriage and family therapists, or psychiatric nurse 
specialists.
    (b) Scholarship Program--no more than 1 psychiatrist.

Application Requests, Dates and Address

    The list of HPSAs and entities that are eligible to receive 
priority for the placement of Corps personnel may be updated 
periodically. Entities that no longer meet eligibility criteria, 
including HPSA score, will be removed from the priority listing. 
Entities interested in being added to the high priority list must 
submit an NHSC Recruitment and Retention Assistance Application to: 
National Health Service Corps, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8A-08, 
Rockville, MD 20857, fax 301-594-2721. These applications must be 
submitted on or before the deadline date of March 28, 2008. 
Applications submitted after this deadline date will be considered for 
placement on the priority placement list in the following program year. 
Any changes to this deadline will be posted on the NHSC Web site at 
http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov.
    Entities interested in receiving application materials may do so by 
calling the HRSA call center at 1-800-221-9393. They may also get 
information and download application materials from: http://
nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/applications/rraa.cfm.

Additional Information

    Entities wishing to provide additional data and information in 
support of their inclusion on the proposed list of HPSAs and entities 
that would receive priority in assignment of Corps members, must do so 
in writing no later than July 16, 2007. This information should be 
submitted to: Susan Salter, Chief, Site Identification and Application 
Branch, Division of National Health Service Corps, 5600 Fishers Lane, 
Room 8A-08, Rockville, MD 20857. This information will be considered in 
preparing the final list of HPSAs and entities that are receiving 
priority for the assignment of Corps personnel.
    Paperwork Reduction Act: The Recruitment & Retention Assistance 
Application has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The OMB clearance number is 0915-
0230.
    The program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 
12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs (as implemented 
through 45 CFR part 100).

    Dated: June 7, 2007.
Elizabeth M. Duke,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E7-11423 Filed 6-13-07; 8:45 am]
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