CHA News Article

OSHPD to Consider Reconfiguring Medical Service Study Areas

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has announced the 2010 Medical Service Study Area (MSSA) Reconfiguration Process. The process incorporates the recently released 2010 Census data along with the 2006-10 American Community Survey poverty data to determine whether changes are needed in the boundaries of California’s current MSSAs. MSSAs are recognized by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions’ Office of Shortage Designation, as rational service areas for purposes of designating Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas/Medically Underserved Populations.

The reconfiguration process is designed to separate urban areas from less densely populated rural areas, taking into account information such as demographics, income levels and ethnicity, and to determine community and neighborhood boundaries. The MSSA Reconfiguration Process is open to the public for comments. Updated data on each county’s MSSAs, a timeline of the reconfiguration process, notifications of upcoming public meetings and other information are available at For the OSHPD announcement, see Notice of the 2010 Medical Service Study Area Reconfiguration Process (pdf).

For questions regarding the 2010 MSSA Reconfiguration Process, contact Hovik Khosrovian, program administrator, at (916) 326-3734 or, or Konder Chung, Access to Care Section chief, at (916) 326-3706 or