U.S. National Authority for the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel; Notice of Public Meeting
In order to support the United States' implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, notice is hereby given of the following meeting to update and engage interested parties in U.S. implementation efforts.
Proposed Eligibility Criteria for the Centers of Excellence Program in Health Professions Education for Under-Represented Minority Individuals
This notice requests comments on proposed eligibility criteria for the Centers of Excellence (COE) program in health professions education for under-represented minority (URM) individuals (See Title VII, Section 736 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 293 (2011) as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, Sec. 5401 (2010)). When finalized, these eligibility criteria will be used to determine the eligibility of designated health professions schools to apply for COE funding in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and subsequent fiscal years. Funding is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the COE program. The designated health professions schools are schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and graduate programs in behavioral or mental health. This does not apply to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) eligible to establish a COE, under PHS Act section 736(c)(2).
Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
This notice advises the public of the published lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of September 1, 2011, available on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Web site at http:// bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/index.html. HPSAs are designated or withdrawn by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the authority of section 332 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act and 42 CFR part 5.
National Practitioner Data Bank; Name Change of Proactive Disclosure Service (PDS) to Continuous Query
On March 7, 2007, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the implementation of a prototype for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), then known as Proactive Disclosure Service (PDS). This notice announces that the prototype status is removed and that PDS is now known as Continuous Query.
Eligibility Criteria for Sites Recruiting National Health Service Corps Scholars
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the eligibility criteria, including their Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, for entities that are seeking to recruit National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients (Corps Personnel, Corps members) during the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. A searchable database that specifies all currently approved NHSC service sites is posted on the NHSC Web site at http:// datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/HGDWReports/ OneClickRptFilter.aspx?rptName=NHSCAppSiteList&rptFormat=HTML 3.2. This database can be searched by State and can be utilized to determine which entities are eligible to receive assignment of Corps members who are participating in the NHSC Scholarship Program based on the threshold HPSA score set forth below. Please note that entities on this list may or may not have current job opportunities for NHSC scholars. Further, not all vacancies associated with sites on the list described below will be for Corps members, but could be for NHSC Scholarship Program participants serving their obligation through the Private Practice Option.