Shortage Designation Program

Arizona Medically Underserved Areas (AzMUA)

Health Professional Shortage Areas?

The Arizona Medically Underserved Area (AzMUA) designation is used for planning the delivery of primary care services.

The process for AzMUA designation began with the identification of rational service areas in Arizona where the health service seeking patterns of the local residents indicate they primarily receive their medical care.

AzMUA designation is based on Federal Primary Care HPSA designation or the application of the Primary Care Index. The Primary Care Index is used to assign points to each area based on data gathered from state and federal agencies. A total of 121 possible points are available for each area.

A Primary Care Index Score is calculated for each of the Primary Care Areas in Arizona. Primary Care Areas (PCAs) scoring in the top 25% or having a score greater than 55, whichever is greater, are designated as medically underserved. Additionally, by Arizona Statute, all federally designated Arizona Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are also considered AzMUAs.

The AzMUA designation process can be viewed in rule on the Secretary of State website (Notices of Final Rulemaking 712, 9 A.A.C. 24) starting on page 4 of 102. The conditions for designation are stipulated in ARS § 36-2352.

AzMUA designations are valid for two (2) years.

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