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NHSC Program Frequently Asked Questions


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Participants

1. Are physical therapists eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program?

2. Are LPNs eligible for the Loan Repayment Program?

3. Do private bank loans qualify for the LRP?

1. Are physical therapists eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program?

As of now, no, physical therapists are not eligible for the program. Please refer to http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/ for a complete listing of eligible practitioners.

2. Are LPNs eligible for the Loan Repayment Program?

No, to date, Licensed Practical Nurses are not eligible for this program.

3. Do private bank loans qualify for the LRP?

No, bank loans are considered private and do not qualify for the NHSC LRP. Only government (federal, state and local) and commercial loans qualify. Private bank loans do not because these loans may not be subject to federal and state inspection. For more information about the types of loans that qualify for the NHSC program, please visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov.


Practice Sites

1. Does the practice site have the final say in who they hire?

2. The Federal Register Notice notes that the practice must submit a “Uniform Data System Report”. Can you clarify what that report requires? Would the NHSC want to audit patient records or just track the “age, sex, race, and ethnicity of provider encounters?”.

3. I read that the provider will be subject to employment terms of the practice, but in what form does the NHSC expect to receive attendance and leave records of the provider. Would a copy of their computerized time sheet suffice? How frequently would this information need to be submitted?

4. If the site has questions about whether their application has been processed after the 6-8 week waiting period that the NHSC requests to process applications, should the practice site contact the PCO or a representative of the NHSC?

5. If a site is under a parent site, does it automatically have that parent site’s HPSA designation. If so, is there a list of which sites fall under a parent site?

1. Does the practice site have the final say in who they hire?

The NHSC does not employ clinicians. Employment contracts are between the NHSC clinicians and the sites. The NHSC does technically "assign" its clinicians, based on need, site approval etc., but there generally must be an employment contract in place first. Sites have to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for placement of NHSC clinicians. Those requirements are listed on pages 9 and 10 of the R&R Application and in the May 28th Federal Register Notice.

2. The Federal Register Notice notes that the practice must submit a “Uniform Data System Report”. Can you clarify what that report requires? Would the NHSC want to audit patient records or just track the “age, sex, race, and ethnicity of provider encounters?”

If the site has an NHSC awarded clinician for the reporting period, the site is contacted by a contractor conducting the data collection and analysis. Training is provided for new reporting staff as well as refresher training for current reporting staff. Typically training takes place in January and February and the reporting is due in March.

3. I read that the provider will be subject to employment terms of the practice, but in what form does the NHSC expect to receive attendance and leave records of the provider. Would a copy of their computerized time sheet suffice? How frequently would this information need to be submitted?

Service of NHSC clinicians is documented via a Six Month Service Verification Form that is sent from the NHSC Recruitment, Training, and Support Center to the clinician twice a year. The clinician is responsible for submission of the form which requires signatures of both the clinician and a site representative verifying service. Time and attendance records may be reviewed as part of a review of personnel records during a technical assistance site visit if one is necessary.

4. If the site has questions about whether their application has been processed after the 6-8 week waiting period that the NHSC requests to process applications, should the practice site contact the PCO or a representative of the NHSC?

The PCO is not responsible for inquires concerning the submission or processing of applications. Once the application is submitted, the site should contact the NHSC directly. Inquiries about approval status can be directed to Luna Graham of the NHSC.

5. If a site is under a parent site, does it automatically have that parent site’s HPSA designation. If so, is there a list of which sites fall under a parent site?

No, this information should be provided by the actually site.

For further questions about the Loan Repayment Program, join the next application help conference call, November 19, 2:30 to 4:30 pm ET, 1-888-889-0974, passcode 8360318.


Last Updated: 01-07-2014

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