In an effort to invest in our healthcare providers, Kingman Regional Medical Center and the Arizona Department of Health Services put in extensive effort to lay the groundwork for three 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, Kingman Regional Medical Center is committed to the health and well-being 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 will receive 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 Mohave County.
3269 Stockton Hill Rd, Kingman, AZ 86409
In a Primary Care HPSA: Yes
Designation Type:HPSA Geographic
Last Update Date:05/03/2017
In a Mental Health HPSA: Yes
Designation Type:HPSA Geographic
Last Update Date:12/26/2017
In a Dental Health HPSA: Yes
Designation Type:HPSA Population
Last Update Date:11/24/2017
What are the benefits of a HPSA?
In an effort to boost provider recruitment and retention in these 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.
- Medicare Bonus
- J-1 Visa Waiver Recruits
- Opportunity for setting up a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Community Health Center (CHC)
- Higher customary fees from Medicare for new physicians
- State and Federal Student Loan Repayment Opportunities for providers
Loan repayment opportunities are possible because Kingman Regional Medical Center 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. Kingman Regional Medical Center truly appreciates working with you.
Programs available to eligible Kingman Regional Medical Center primary care and mental health providers:
Physicians – NHSC, State Loan Repayment Program
Advanced Practitioners – NHSC, State Loan Repayment Program, Nurse Corps (nurses only)
Registered Nurses – Nurse Corps
Mental Health Providers (LCP, LCSW, MFT, LPC) – NHSC, State Loan Repayment Programs
What do these loan repayment programs offer?
Arizona State Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program – Primary care physicians, advanced practitioners, and mental health workers may be eligible for up to $65,000 in return for an initial 2-year commitment. Extension contracts are available after the first two years, and half-time employment contracts are also available.
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.
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program – Physicians, advanced practitioners, and mental health providers may be eligible for up to $50,000 for a 2-year service commitment at an NHSC certified site in a HPSA with a score of 16 or higher. One-year extension contracts are available to essentially pay off the remaining student loan balance.