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HRSA Hopes Committee Will Translate a Tower of Babel

Does anyone really understand the reason why there are so many definitions for the terms "medically underserved area" and "health professional shortage area?" The Health Resources and Services Administration tried in 1998 and 2008 to standardize the definitions, but got so many letters of complaint it gave up. The Obama administration, known for venturing where others have failed, is trying again— with a different approach.

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