The NHSC can help you recruit and retain qualified providers who care about communities in need and choose to work where they are needed most. Before applying to become an NHSC-approved site, make sure that your facility is an eligible site type and can meet the following requirements.
- An official representative of the applying site must have read the National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide (PDF - 536 KB) and must comply with the program requirements as listed in the NHSC Site Agreement (located in the Appendix section of the Site Reference Guide).
- Eligible sites must be physically located in a Federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and serve the population of that same HPSA. The HPSA must correspond to the services provided at that site (e.g., a site providing dental services must have a dental HPSA). To determine if your facility is located in a HPSA:
- Site must be a primary care outpatient facility, or a CMS-certified Critical Access Hospital that provides medical, dental, or mental and behavioral health services.
- Site must utilize a qualified discounted/sliding fee schedule and have had it in place for at least 12 months.
- Site must not deny services to an individual based on inability to pay or enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, or a state Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
- Site must utilize a credentialing process, which, at a minimum includes reference review, licensure verification, and a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
- Site must prominently display a statement in common areas (and on site’s Web site if applicable) that explicitly states that: 1) no one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; and 2) there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available.