Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of Corps Personnel Obligated Under the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, 38061-38063 [2013-15112]

Download as PDF 38061 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 122 / Tuesday, June 25, 2013 / Notices OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202–395–5806. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443–1984. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Collection Request Title: HRSA AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) OMB No. 0915–0281—Revision Abstract: The AETC Program, under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program established by Title XXVI of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, supports a network of regional and national centers that conduct targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating persons with HIV/ AIDS. The AETC’s purpose is to increase the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage individuals with HIV infection, and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. As part of an ongoing effort to evaluate AETC activities, information is needed on AETC training sessions, consultations, and technical assistance activities. Each regional center collects information on AETC training events, and is required to report aggregate data on their activities to HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). The data provides information on the number of training events, including clinical trainings and consultations, as well as technical assistance activities conducted by each regional center, the number of health care providers receiving professional training or consultation, and the time and effort expended on different levels of training and consultation activities. In addition, information is obtained on the populations served by AETC trainees and the increase in capacity achieved through training events. Collection of this information allows HRSA/HAB to provide information on training activities and types of education and training provided to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Grantees, resource allocation, and capacity expansion. Trainees are asked to complete the Participant Information Form (PIF) for each activity they complete, and trainers are asked to complete the Event Record (ER). Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below. TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN—HOURS Number of respondents Form Responses per respondent Total responses Hours per response Total burden hours PIF ........................................................................................ ER ........................................................................................ 114,423 14,445 1 1 114,423 14,445 0.07 0.07 8,009.61 1,011.15 Total .............................................................................. 128,868 ........................ 128,868 ........................ 9,020.76 The estimated annual burden to AETCs is as follows: Number of respondents Form Aggregate Data Set ............................................................. The total burden hours are 9,948.76. Dated: June 19, 2013. Bahar Niakan, Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination. [FR Doc. 2013–15114 Filed 6–24–13; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4165–15–P Responses per respondent 16 Total responses 2 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of Corps Personnel Obligated Under the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of entities, and associated Health Professional SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:18 Jun 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32 Hours per response Total burden hours 29 928.0 Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients serving as Corps members, as well as those serving under the Private Practice Option (‘‘NHSC scholars’’ collectively), during the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, is posted on the NHSC Web site at http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov. The NHSC Jobs Center includes all sites that are approved for performance of service by NHSC scholars; however, note that entities on this list may or may not have current job vacancies. E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 38062 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 122 / Tuesday, June 25, 2013 / Notices Eligible HPSAs and Entities To be eligible to receive assignment of Corps members, entities must: (1) Have a current HPSA status of ‘‘designated’’ by the Division of Policy and Shortage Designation, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, HRSA, as of January 1, 2013, for placements July 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, or January 1, 2014, for placements January 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014; (2) not deny requested health care services, or discriminate in the provision of services to an individual because the individual is unable to pay for the services or because payment for the services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) enter into an agreement with the state agency that administers Medicaid and CHIP, accept assignment under Medicare, see all patients regardless of their ability to pay and post such policy, and use and post a discounted fee plan; and (4) 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; (e) a reasonable prospect for sound fiscal management by the entity with respect to Corps members assigned there; and (f) demonstrated a willingness to support and facilitate mentorship, professional development, and training opportunities for Corps members. Priority in approving applications for assignment of Corps members goes to sites that (1) provide primary medical care, mental health, and/or oral health services to a primary medical care, mental health, or dental HPSA of greatest shortage, respectively; (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. Sites that provide specialized care, or a limited set of services, will receive greater scrutiny and may not receive approval as NHSC service sites. This may include clinics that focus on one disease or disorder or offer limited services, such as a clinic that only provides immunizations or a substance abuse clinic. Entities at which NHSC scholars are performing their service obligations must assure that (1) the position will VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:18 Jun 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 permit the full scope of practice and that the clinician meets the credentialing requirements of the state and site; and (2) the NHSC scholar assigned to the entity is engaged in the requisite amount of clinical practice, as defined below, to meet his or her service obligation: Full-Time Clinical Practice ‘‘Full-time clinical practice’’ is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week for at least 45 weeks per service year. The 40 hours per week may be compressed into no less than 4 work days per week, with no more than 12 hours of work to be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent on-call does not count toward the full-time service obligation, except to the extent the provider is directly treating patients during that period. For all health professionals, except as noted below, at least 32 of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSC-approved service site(s) during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 8 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related administrative activities. Teaching activities at the approved service site shall not exceed 8 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week, unless the teaching takes place in a HRSAfunded Teaching Health Center (see Section 340H of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 256h). Teaching activities in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center shall not exceed 20 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week. For obstetrician/gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, family medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, providers of geriatric services, pediatric dentists, and behavioral/mental health providers, at least 21 of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSC-approved service site(s), during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 19 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related administrative activities. No more than 8 hours per week can be spent performing practice-related administrative activities. Teaching activities at the approved service site shall not exceed 8 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week, unless the teaching takes place in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center. Teaching activities in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center shall not exceed 20 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week. For physicians (including psychiatrists), physician assistants, nurse practitioners (including those specializing in psychiatry or mental health), and certified nurse midwives serving in a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 defined as a nonprofit facility that is (a) located in a state that has established with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a Medicare rural hospital flexibility program; (b) designated by the state as a CAH; (c) certified by CMS as a CAH; and (d) in compliance with all applicable CAH conditions of participation, the full-time service requirements are as follows: At least 16 of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) specified in the NHSC’s Customer Service Portal, during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 24 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care for patients or teaching at the CAH(s) or the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting specified in the Customer Service Portal, providing direct patient care in the CAH’s skilled nursing facility or swing bed unit, or performing practice-related administrative activities. No more than 8 hours per week can be spent on practice-related administrative activities. Teaching activities at the approved service site(s) shall not exceed 8 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week, unless the teaching takes place in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center (see Section 340H of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 256h). Teaching activities in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center shall not exceed 20 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week. Half-Time Clinical Practice ‘‘Half-time clinical practice’’ is defined as a minimum of 20 hours per week (not to exceed 39 hours per week), for at least 45 weeks per service year. The 20 hours per week may be compressed into no less than 2 work days per week, with no more than 12 hours of work to be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent on-call does not count toward the half-time service obligation, except to the extent the provider is directly treating patients during that period. For all health professionals, except as noted below, at least 16 of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care in the outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSCapproved service site(s), during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 4 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related administrative activities. Teaching and practice-related administrative activities shall not exceed a total of 4 hours of the minimum 20 hours per week. For obstetrician/gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, family medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, providers of geriatric services, pediatric dentists, and behavioral/mental health providers, at least 11 of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care in the outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSCapproved service site(s), during normally E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 122 / Tuesday, June 25, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES scheduled office hours. The remaining 9 hours per week must be spent providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related administrative activities. Teaching and practice-related administrative activities shall not exceed 4 hours of the minimum 20 hours per week. For physicians (including psychiatrists), physician assistants, nurse practitioners (including those specializing in psychiatry or mental health), and certified nurse midwives serving in a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), the half-time service requirements are as follows: At least 8 of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) specified in the Customer Service Portal, during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 12 hours of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent providing direct patient care for patients or teaching at the CAH(s) or the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting specified in the Practice Agreement, providing direct patient care in the CAH’s skilled nursing facility or swing bed unit, or performing practicerelated administrative activities. Teaching and practice-related administrative activities shall not exceed 4 hours of the minimum 20 hours per week. Half-time clinical practice is not an option for scholars serving their obligation through the Private Practice Option. In addition to utilizing NHSC scholars in accordance with their full-time or half-time service obligation (as defined above), NHSC service sites are expected to (1) report to the NHSC all absences, including those in excess of the authorized number of days (up to 35 full-time days per service year in the case of full-time service and up to 35 half-time days per service year in the case of half-time service); (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 scholars (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 an NHSC Site Survey, or a Uniform Data System (UDS) report in the case of entities receiving HRSA grant support under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. The Site Survey or UDS report, as applicable, requires the site to assess the age, sex, race/ethnicity of, and provider encounter records for, its user population and are site specific. Providers fulfilling NHSC commitments are approved to serve at a specific site or, in some cases, more than one site. The scope of activity to be reported in the survey includes all activity at the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:18 Jun 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 site(s) at which the NHSC scholar is serving. Evaluation and Selection Process In order for a site to be eligible for placement of NHSC scholars, it must be approved by the NHSC following the site’s submission of a Site Application. Processing of site applications from solo or group practices will involve additional screening, including a site visit by NHSC representatives. The Site Application approval is good for a period of 3 years from the date of approval. 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, 2013, through June 30, 2014, HPSAs of greatest shortage for determination of priority for assignment of NHSC scholarshipobligated Corps personnel will be defined as follows: (1) Primary medical care HPSAs with scores of 16 and above are authorized for the assignment of NHSC scholars who are primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants or certified nurse midwives; (2) mental health HPSAs with scores of 16 and above are authorized for the assignment of NHSC scholars who are psychiatrists or mental health nurse practitioners; and (3) dental HPSAs with scores of 16 and above are authorized for the assignment of NHSC scholars who are dentists. The NHSC has determined that a minimum HPSA score of 16 for all service-ready NHSC scholars will enable it to meet its statutory obligation to identify a number of entities eligible for placement at least equal to, but not greater than twice, the number of NHSC scholars available to serve in the 2013–2014 placement cycle. The number of new NHSC placements through the Scholarship Program allowed at any one site is limited to one of the following provider types: physician (MD/DO), nurse practitioner, physician assistant, certified nurse midwife, or dentist. The NHSC will consider requests for up to two scholar placements at any one site on a case by case basis. Factors that are taken into consideration include community need, as measured by demand for services, patient outcomes, and other similar factors. Sites wishing to request an additional scholar must complete an Additional Scholar Request form available at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/ downloads/additionalrequestform.pdf. NHSC-approved sites that do not meet the authorized threshold HPSA score of 16 may post job openings on the NHSC PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 38063 Jobs Center; however, scholars seeking placement between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, will be advised that they can only compete for open positions at sites that meet the threshold placement HPSA score of 16. While not eligible for scholar placements in 2013–2014, vacancies in HPSAs scoring less than 16 will be used by the NHSC in evaluating the HPSA threshold score for the next scholarship placement cycle. Application Requests, Dates and Address The list of HPSAs and entities that are eligible to receive priority for the placement of NHSC scholars may be updated periodically. New entities may be added to the NHSC Jobs Center during a Site Application competition. Likewise, entities that no longer meet eligibility criteria, including those sites whose 3-year approval as an NHSC service site has lapsed or whose HPSA designation has been withdrawn or proposed for withdrawal, will be removed from the priority listing. Additional Information Entities wishing to provide additional data and information in support of their inclusion on the proposed list of entities that would receive priority in assignment of scholarship-obligated Corps members, or in support of a higher priority determination, must do so in writing no later than July 25, 2013. This information should be submitted to: Beth Dillon, Director, Division of Regional Operations, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, 999 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202. This information will be considered in preparing the final list of entities that are receiving priority for the assignment of scholarship-obligated Corps personnel. 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 19, 2013. Mary K. Wakefield, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–15112 Filed 6–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165–15–P E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of Corps Personnel Obligated 
Under the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 
announces that the listing of entities, and associated Health 
Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, that will receive priority 
for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship 
recipients serving as Corps members, as well as those serving under the 
Private Practice Option (``NHSC scholars'' collectively), during the 
period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, is posted on the NHSC Web 
site at http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov. The NHSC Jobs Center includes all 
sites that are approved for performance of service by NHSC scholars; 
however, note that entities on this list may or may not have current 
job vacancies.

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Eligible HPSAs and Entities

    To be eligible to receive assignment of Corps members, entities 
must: (1) Have a current HPSA status of ``designated'' by the Division 
of Policy and Shortage Designation, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and 
Service, HRSA, as of January 1, 2013, for placements July 1, 2013, 
through December 31, 2013, or January 1, 2014, for placements January 
1, 2014, through June 30, 2014; (2) not deny requested health care 
services, or discriminate in the provision of services to an individual 
because the individual is unable to pay for the services or because 
payment for the services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the 
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) enter into an agreement 
with the state agency that administers Medicaid and CHIP, accept 
assignment under Medicare, see all patients regardless of their ability 
to pay and post such policy, and use and post a discounted fee plan; 
and (4) 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; (e) a reasonable prospect for sound fiscal 
management by the entity with respect to Corps members assigned there; 
and (f) demonstrated a willingness to support and facilitate 
mentorship, professional development, and training opportunities for 
Corps members. Priority in approving applications for assignment of 
Corps members goes to sites that (1) provide primary medical care, 
mental health, and/or oral health services to a primary medical care, 
mental health, or dental HPSA of greatest shortage, respectively; (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. Sites that provide specialized 
care, or a limited set of services, will receive greater scrutiny and 
may not receive approval as NHSC service sites. This may include 
clinics that focus on one disease or disorder or offer limited 
services, such as a clinic that only provides immunizations or a 
substance abuse clinic.
    Entities at which NHSC scholars are performing their service 
obligations 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 NHSC scholar assigned 
to the entity is engaged in the requisite amount of clinical practice, 
as defined below, to meet his or her service obligation:

Full-Time Clinical Practice

    ``Full-time clinical practice'' is defined as a minimum of 40 
hours per week for at least 45 weeks per service year. The 40 hours 
per week may be compressed into no less than 4 work days per week, 
with no more than 12 hours of work to be performed in any 24-hour 
period. Time spent on-call does not count toward the full-time 
service obligation, except to the extent the provider is directly 
treating patients during that period.
    For all health professionals, except as noted below, at least 32 
of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct 
patient care or teaching in the outpatient ambulatory care 
setting(s) at the NHSC-approved service site(s) during normally 
scheduled office hours. The remaining 8 hours per week must be spent 
providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved 
practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative 
settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing 
practice-related administrative activities. Teaching activities at 
the approved service site shall not exceed 8 hours of the minimum 40 
hours per week, unless the teaching takes place in a HRSA-funded 
Teaching Health Center (see Section 340H of the Public Health 
Service Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 256h). Teaching activities in a HRSA-
funded Teaching Health Center shall not exceed 20 hours of the 
minimum 40 hours per week.
    For obstetrician/gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, family 
medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, 
providers of geriatric services, pediatric dentists, and behavioral/
mental health providers, at least 21 of the minimum 40 hours per 
week must be spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the 
outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSC-approved service 
site(s), during normally scheduled office hours. The remaining 19 
hours per week must be spent providing clinical services for 
patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), providing 
clinical services in alternative settings as directed by the 
approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related 
administrative activities. No more than 8 hours per week can be 
spent performing practice-related administrative activities. 
Teaching activities at the approved service site shall not exceed 8 
hours of the minimum 40 hours per week, unless the teaching takes 
place in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center. Teaching activities 
in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center shall not exceed 20 hours of 
the minimum 40 hours per week.
    For physicians (including psychiatrists), physician assistants, 
nurse practitioners (including those specializing in psychiatry or 
mental health), and certified nurse midwives serving in a Critical 
Access Hospital (CAH), defined as a nonprofit facility that is (a) 
located in a state that has established with the Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a Medicare rural hospital 
flexibility program; (b) designated by the state as a CAH; (c) 
certified by CMS as a CAH; and (d) in compliance with all applicable 
CAH conditions of participation, the full-time service requirements 
are as follows: At least 16 of the minimum 40 hours per week must be 
spent providing direct patient care or teaching in the CAH-
affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) specified in the 
NHSC's Customer Service Portal, during normally scheduled office 
hours. The remaining 24 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week must 
be spent providing direct patient care for patients or teaching at 
the CAH(s) or the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting 
specified in the Customer Service Portal, providing direct patient 
care in the CAH's skilled nursing facility or swing bed unit, or 
performing practice-related administrative activities. No more than 
8 hours per week can be spent on practice-related administrative 
activities. Teaching activities at the approved service site(s) 
shall not exceed 8 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week, unless 
the teaching takes place in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center 
(see Section 340H of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 
Section 256h). Teaching activities in a HRSA-funded Teaching Health 
Center shall not exceed 20 hours of the minimum 40 hours per week.

Half-Time Clinical Practice

    ``Half-time clinical practice'' is defined as a minimum of 20 
hours per week (not to exceed 39 hours per week), for at least 45 
weeks per service year. The 20 hours per week may be compressed into 
no less than 2 work days per week, with no more than 12 hours of 
work to be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent on-call does 
not count toward the half-time service obligation, except to the 
extent the provider is directly treating patients during that 
period.
    For all health professionals, except as noted below, at least 16 
of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent providing direct 
patient care in the outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) at the 
NHSC-approved service site(s), during normally scheduled office 
hours.
    The remaining 4 hours per week must be spent providing clinical 
services for patients or teaching in the approved practice site(s), 
providing clinical services in alternative settings as directed by 
the approved practice site(s), or performing practice-related 
administrative activities. Teaching and practice-related 
administrative activities shall not exceed a total of 4 hours of the 
minimum 20 hours per week.
    For obstetrician/gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, family 
medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, 
providers of geriatric services, pediatric dentists, and behavioral/
mental health providers, at least 11 of the minimum 20 hours per 
week must be spent providing direct patient care in the outpatient 
ambulatory care setting(s) at the NHSC-approved service site(s), 
during normally

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scheduled office hours. The remaining 9 hours per week must be spent 
providing clinical services for patients or teaching in the approved 
practice site(s), providing clinical services in alternative 
settings as directed by the approved practice site(s), or performing 
practice-related administrative activities. Teaching and practice-
related administrative activities shall not exceed 4 hours of the 
minimum 20 hours per week.
    For physicians (including psychiatrists), physician assistants, 
nurse practitioners (including those specializing in psychiatry or 
mental health), and certified nurse midwives serving in a Critical 
Access Hospital (CAH), the half-time service requirements are as 
follows: At least 8 of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent 
providing direct patient care or teaching in the CAH-affiliated 
outpatient ambulatory care setting(s) specified in the Customer 
Service Portal, during normally scheduled office hours. The 
remaining 12 hours of the minimum 20 hours per week must be spent 
providing direct patient care for patients or teaching at the CAH(s) 
or the CAH-affiliated outpatient ambulatory care setting specified 
in the Practice Agreement, providing direct patient care in the 
CAH's skilled nursing facility or swing bed unit, or performing 
practice-related administrative activities. Teaching and practice-
related administrative activities shall not exceed 4 hours of the 
minimum 20 hours per week.
    Half-time clinical practice is not an option for scholars 
serving their obligation through the Private Practice Option.

    In addition to utilizing NHSC scholars in accordance with their 
full-time or half-time service obligation (as defined above), NHSC 
service sites are expected to (1) report to the NHSC all absences, 
including those in excess of the authorized number of days (up to 35 
full-time days per service year in the case of full-time service and up 
to 35 half-time days per service year in the case of half-time 
service); (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 scholars 
(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 an NHSC Site Survey, 
or a Uniform Data System (UDS) report in the case of entities receiving 
HRSA grant support under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. 
The Site Survey or UDS report, as applicable, requires the site to 
assess the age, sex, race/ethnicity of, and provider encounter records 
for, its user population and are site specific. Providers fulfilling 
NHSC commitments are approved to serve at a specific site or, in some 
cases, more than one site. The scope of activity to be reported in the 
survey includes all activity at the site(s) at which the NHSC scholar 
is serving.

Evaluation and Selection Process

    In order for a site to be eligible for placement of NHSC scholars, 
it must be approved by the NHSC following the site's submission of a 
Site Application. Processing of site applications from solo or group 
practices will involve additional screening, including a site visit by 
NHSC representatives. The Site Application approval is good for a 
period of 3 years from the date of approval.
    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, 2013, through June 30, 
2014, HPSAs of greatest shortage for determination of priority for 
assignment of NHSC scholarship-obligated Corps personnel will be 
defined as follows: (1) Primary medical care HPSAs with scores of 16 
and above are authorized for the assignment of NHSC scholars who are 
primary care physicians, family nurse practitioners, physician 
assistants or certified nurse midwives; (2) mental health HPSAs with 
scores of 16 and above are authorized for the assignment of NHSC 
scholars who are psychiatrists or mental health nurse practitioners; 
and (3) dental HPSAs with scores of 16 and above are authorized for the 
assignment of NHSC scholars who are dentists. The NHSC has determined 
that a minimum HPSA score of 16 for all service-ready NHSC scholars 
will enable it to meet its statutory obligation to identify a number of 
entities eligible for placement at least equal to, but not greater than 
twice, the number of NHSC scholars available to serve in the 2013-2014 
placement cycle.
    The number of new NHSC placements through the Scholarship Program 
allowed at any one site is limited to one of the following provider 
types: physician (MD/DO), nurse practitioner, physician assistant, 
certified nurse midwife, or dentist. The NHSC will consider requests 
for up to two scholar placements at any one site on a case by case 
basis. Factors that are taken into consideration include community 
need, as measured by demand for services, patient outcomes, and other 
similar factors. Sites wishing to request an additional scholar must 
complete an Additional Scholar Request form available at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/downloads/additionalrequestform.pdf.
    NHSC-approved sites that do not meet the authorized threshold HPSA 
score of 16 may post job openings on the NHSC Jobs Center; however, 
scholars seeking placement between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, 
will be advised that they can only compete for open positions at sites 
that meet the threshold placement HPSA score of 16. While not eligible 
for scholar placements in 2013-2014, vacancies in HPSAs scoring less 
than 16 will be used by the NHSC in evaluating the HPSA threshold score 
for the next scholarship placement cycle.

Application Requests, Dates and Address

    The list of HPSAs and entities that are eligible to receive 
priority for the placement of NHSC scholars may be updated 
periodically. New entities may be added to the NHSC Jobs Center during 
a Site Application competition. Likewise, entities that no longer meet 
eligibility criteria, including those sites whose 3-year approval as an 
NHSC service site has lapsed or whose HPSA designation has been 
withdrawn or proposed for withdrawal, will be removed from the priority 
listing.

Additional Information

    Entities wishing to provide additional data and information in 
support of their inclusion on the proposed list of entities that would 
receive priority in assignment of scholarship-obligated Corps members, 
or in support of a higher priority determination, must do so in writing 
no later than July 25, 2013. This information should be submitted to: 
Beth Dillon, Director, Division of Regional Operations, Bureau of 
Clinician Recruitment and Service, 999 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202. 
This information will be considered in preparing the final list of 
entities that are receiving priority for the assignment of scholarship-
obligated Corps personnel.
    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 19, 2013.
Mary K. Wakefield,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-15112 Filed 6-24-13; 8:45 am]
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