Rural & Urban Underserved Practice Site Incentive: New Eligibility Options

Have you been recruiting two years or more for a primary care physician OR psychiatric nurse practitioner (or can you demonstrate an immediate need)?

Are you are a rural or urban underserved practice site (urban underserved sites must have a payer mix that includes at least 30% TennCare or uninsured patients)?

If you answered yes to both questions, then you may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 to help with your recruitment efforts.

The provider hired must have been practicing for 12 months or longer.

Please click here to see all program requirements and use our online application.

Applications are reviewed quarterly. This quarter’s application deadline September 20.


Eligible sites include: rural and critical access hospitals, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, health departments providing primary care, faith-based clinics, or private practices located in rural or urban underserved Tennessee communities.

Primary care physician disciplines eligible are: family practice, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, hospitalist and psychiatry. Due to the difficulty in recruiting psychiatrists, sites may also use the incentive to hire a psychiatric nurse practitioner. No other sub-specialty of nurse practitioners will be considered. Some physician specialists may be considered if they can be proved to be essential to the delivery of primary care continuity in rural or underserved areas.