What is a MUA or MUP?
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MUA is the acronym for a Medically Underserved Area, MUP stands for Medically Underserved Population. These names are types of physician shortage designations that are sister programs to the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), and they provide similar benefits to communities throughout the nation.

Like a HPSA, MUAs and MUPs are government-recognized designations that serve as proof that a given community or population has a shortage or under-service of medical professionals.

Hospitals and health clinics need MUAs in order to apply to become a Federally Qualified Health Center or to compete for a Visa-waiver physician placement. To communities that have a shortage of primary care practitioners, a MUA is the minimum government designation that will target Federal money to a community in the way of increased Medicare reimbursements to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

All of the following benefits are available to communities and physicians where MUAs are located:

Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Certification

Eligibility to develop Community Health Centers

Migrant Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes

Enhanced federal grant eligibility

Higher Medicare caps for primary care billing

Map of Medically Underserved Areas/Populations prepared by HRSA (6-14-12)

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