Obtaining a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) designation involves application of the Index of Medical Underservice (IMU) to data on a service area to obtain a score for the area. The IMU scale ranges from zero to 100, with zero representing a completely underserved area and 100 representing a completely served area. Under the established criteria, each service area found to have an IMU of 62.0 or less qualifies for designation as a MUA.
The IMU involves four variables:
1. Ratio of primary medical physicians per 1,000 population
2. Infant mortality rate
3. Percentage of the population with incomes below the federal poverty
4. Percentage of the population age 65 or over
The value of each of these variables for the service area is weighted according to established criteria. The four values are summed to obtain the area's IMU score.
B. The latest available data on:
Resident civilian, non-institutional population of the service area (aggregated from individual county, MCD/CCD or CT population data)
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