Thursday, September 8, 2011

National Health Service Corps Adds CAHs as Eligible Sites

The National Health Service Corps recently expanded eligibility for the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program so that Critical Access Hospitals can use these loans to recruit new physicians. This program will help more than 1,300 CAHs across the country recruit needed staff.  To be approved, CAH sites must:
  • Meet all NHSC site eligibility requirements;
  • Demonstrate affiliation (either through direct ownership or affiliation agreements) with an outpatient, ambulatory care clinic; and
  • Demonstrate that it provides comprehensive primary care and related inpatient services.
The NHSC will hosting a webinar to provide CAHs with detailed information about its change in policy, the NHSC, and the site application process.  The webinar will also provide CAH staff with an opportunity to ask questions about the program. The webinar will be hosted on two dates, so please plan to attend one of the following sessions:

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Time: 10 am-11 am ET
Phone Number: 1-888-790-2045
Passcode: 22277

OR

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Time: 2 pm-3 pm ET
Phone Number: 1-888-396-9931
Passcode: 44466


For more information on the physician loan repayment program for CAHs, please see this handout from the National Health Service Corps.

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