Primary Care Programs
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) approved site
status (Exit DHS):
Sites that are located in a designated HPSA and
meet other eligibility requirements (provide services on a discounted fee
schedule; accept Medicaid, Medicare, BadgerCare+ patients) can apply to
become an approved site and use their approved status as a recruitment
tool to gain new clinicians and as a retention strategy to keep current
Sites must be approved before individual clinicians can apply for
loan repayment. Instructions on the information that must be provided on the site
application form and how to fill out the application can be found in the
Reference Guide (Exit DHS).
New site applications are accepted once a year, likely to be late
summer through early fall. For exact application dates please
check the NHSC website
here (Exit DHS).
A key requirement of NHSC sites is that they provide financial access:
Sites must accept patients with Medicaid and Medicare coverage as well
as have a sliding fee schedule. Please refer to the information on
creating and maintaining a discounted fee schedule (Exit DHS).
Questions about the NHSC site application and procedures can be directed to:
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
PO Box 2659
Madison WI 53701
Sites must be located in a HPSA to be eligible for the program. Check if the street address of your site
is in a HPSA:
Find Shortage Areas: HPSA/MUA/P by address (Exit DHS).
How to request a shortage designation
For currently approved sites:
The following tip sheets have been developed to assist NHSC site
administrators in navigating the online portal. Most core functions and
communication with the NHSC now occurs through the portal. The four tip
sheets presented here address some of the most common functions site
administrators need to perform.
Management (PDF, 221
Active clinician management can help site administrators track the
number of obligated providers they have at each site, whether they are
part of the scholarship or loan repayment program, whether they are
completing service as a full or part-time participant, and the beginning
and end dates of their obligation. Tracking this information is useful
because site administrators can then assist participants with applying
for contract continuations with the NHSC, applying to the
Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (Exit DHS) if they are no longer NHSC
eligible, or determining if they can participate in a site specific
program with a service obligation.
Managing Points of Contact (PDF, 217
Keeping point of contact information up-to-date is crucial to ensuring
timely and effective communication with NHSC. Sites may have more than
one person listed as a contact so that multiple people receive
information from the NHSC and remain informed. At least one person will
have to be listed as a “Recruitment Contact.” The recruitment contact is
the contact that will be listed on any job vacancies posted to the
Jobs Center (Exit DHS), so it is important that this person be someone the
organization would want potential job applicants to contact regarding
Site profiles are a way to introduce your site to interested job
seekers. The information provided in the site profile displays on the
job center when someone clicks on your site for more information. A
basic site profile including the following is required: site
description, hours of operation, site size, number of patients served
annually, and all languages spoken. Some additional information that
could be included (if applicable) to help showcase what is unique about
you include: a site brochure, any specialty services you offer, other
provider benefits, and site photos.
NHSC has developed a short video
about the site profile. (Exit DHS)
Management (PDF, 213
All job postings are submitted and managed through the online portal.
Timely and efficient management of vacancies ensures that postings on
the job center website are accurate and up-to-date. Regular management
of vacancies also presents postings from being dropped from the jobs
center. Site administrators will receive regular prompts through the
portal of when they need to update vacancies so that they do not expire.
Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program
- There is no site application process for this program.
- Sites do need to be in a designated HPSA in order for their clinicians
to be eligible for loan repayment.
July 29, 2014