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  • HIVMA Comments on HRSA Rulemaking Committee on Designation of Medically Underserved Populations

    In a letter to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIVMA Chair, Mike Saag, MD, submitted comments on HRSA’s rulemaking regarding criteria and methods for designating medically underserved populations and health professional shortage areas.

    "...HRSA has invited comments on a number of specific issues that it anticipates will require resolution through the negotiated rulemaking (NR) process. HIVMA’s comments will respond in particular to the following questions:

    • We strongly urge that the NR process include an assessment of the availability of experienced HIV medical providers.
    • We recommend designating people with HIV as a medically underserved population group and suggest considering HIV prevalence rates in determining medically underserved areas.
    • We recommend granting Ryan White Part C clinics a HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) designation which would also help address HIV medical workforce shortages by making these sites eligible for placement of National Health Service Corps personnel.
    • We strongly urge inclusion of at least one participant with a depth of knowledge and experience with the HIV system of care."

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