Are you in or service an MUA or MUP?
All organizations submitting a look-alike initial designation application and current look-alikes must demonstrate that they are serving, in whole or in part, a federally-designated MUA and/or MUP. While the clinic site does not have to be located in an MUA, the organization must demonstrate that it primarily serves persons who live in a MUA or are part of a MUP.
The Index of Medical Underservice (IMU) is applied to data on a service area to obtain a score for the area. The IMU scale is from 0 to 100, where 0 represents completely underserved and 100 represents best served or least underserved.
Under the established criteria, each service area or population group found to have an IMU of 62.0 or less qualifies for designation as an Medically Underserved Area or Medically Underserved Population..
The IMU involves four variables – ratio of primary medical care physicians per 1,000 population, infant mortality rate, percentage of the population with incomes below the poverty level, and percentage of the population age 65 or over. The value of each of these variables for the service area is converted to a weighted value, according to established criteria. The four values are summed to obtain the area’s IMU score.
Not sure if your clinic is in an MUA or MUP designated area? Click here to be taken to HRSA’s site Find Shortage Area