Privacy Act of 1974; New System of Records
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing notice of a proposal to add a new system of records. The new system of records, ``State-Provided Physician Records for the Application Submission & Processing System, SDB, BHPr, HRSA,'' will cover health care practitioners who are the subjects of databases collected and maintained by State Primary Care Offices/Associations. Such health care practitioners include physicians (both M.D.s and D.O.s), licensed or otherwise authorized by a State to provide health care services. This system of records is required to comply with the implementation directives of the Act, Public Law 108-20. The records will be used to support the Application Submission and Processing System electronic application for the development, submission, and review of applications for HPSAs and MUPs. The most critical requirement for accurate designation determinations is accurate data on the location of primary care providers relative to the population. To this end, SDB continually tries to obtain the latest data on primary care providers and their practice location(s) at the lowest geographical level possible for use in the designation process, with the objective of minimizing the level of effort required on the part of States and communities seeking designations.