In an effort to invest in our healthcare providers, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville put in extensive effort to lay the groundwork for two types of federal designations for our county. We are now a recognized Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). This opens the doors for benefits such as federal and state funded student loan forgiveness for physicians, advanced practitioners, and nurses. Along with our healthcare providers, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is committed to the health and wellbeing of our community with the hopes that through this recruitment and retention initiative, we can boost access to healthcare in our county.
What is a HPSA?
HPSAs are designations that indicate health care provider shortages in three platforms of health: primary care, mental health, and dental health. Each platform of health receives its own designation. Each designation is scored to show the severity of the shortage. Scores range from 0 to 25, with 25 having the greatest shortage. The maps below outline each type of HPSA for Hopkins County.
In a Primary Care HPSA: Yes
HPSA Name: LI – Hopkins County
Designation Type: Low Income Population HPSA
Designation Date: 03/22/2022
Last Update Date: 03/22/2022
In a Mental Health HPSA: Yes
HPSA Name: Pennyroyal MHCA
Designation Type: Geographic HPSA
Designation Date: 01/20/2022
Last Update Date: 01/20/2022
In a Dental Health HPSA: No
Benefits of HPSAs Explained - What are the benefits of the Shortage Area Designations?
In an effort to boost provider recruitment and retention in these often-rural shortage areas, benefits have been established to help build healthcare access to those who need it the most. Here are the benefits available in our specific shortage designations.
- State and Federal Student Loan Repayment Opportunities for providers
- Medicare Bonus (Mental Health Providers)
- Advanced Consideration for Grant Funding
- J-1 Visa Waiver Recruits
- Higher Customary Medicare Fees for New Mental Health Physicians
- Opportunity for setting up a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Community Health Center (CHC)
Loan repayment opportunities are possible because Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville forged new partnerships and secured HPSAs in this region. Loan repayment is just one benefit that acknowledges you as the driving force that makes healthcare possible in our community. Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville truly appreciates working with you.
Programs available to eligible Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville primary care and mental health providers:
Physicians – Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program
Advanced Practitioners – Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (nurses only), Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program
Registered Nurses – Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program
Mental Health Providers – Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program
What do these loan repayment programs offer?
Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program – Advanced practice nurses and registered nurses may be eligible to apply for loan repayment worth up to 85% off their student loan balance in return for working at a Critical Shortage Facility, like our hospital.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program – CNAs, certified medical assistants, licensed occupational therapists, LCSWs, LPCs, MFTs, master’s level social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric mental health practitioners, occupational therapists, psychology doctoral interns, behavioral health paraprofessionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, CRNAs, CNMs, CNSs, LPNs, PNSs, pharmacists, and SUD counselors may be eligible for up to $250,000 for a 6-year service commitment at a STAR-certified site.