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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Legislation and regulations

Code of Federal Regulations: 42 CFR 485: Subpart F, Conditions of Participation: Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
Sets forth the conditions that a hospital must meet to be designated as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Critical Access Hospitals Center
Presents regulations and notices, press releases, program memorandums, and other information from CMS related to the Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) program.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Health Center Program Policies
Links to current Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Program Information Notices (PINs) defining policies and procedures Section 330 funded health center grantees must follow, and provides links to Program Assistance Letters (PALs) summarizing program activities, newly enacted laws, and final regulations of interest to health centers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Federal Register
Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Provides access to information about federal benefits and opportunities for funding.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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Code of Federal Regulations: 42 CFR 440.20 Outpatient Hospital Services and Rural Health Clinic Services
Defines the current scope of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) services, and who can provide them.
Type: Document
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Social Security Act, Section 1902 (bb): State Plans for Medical Assistance
Part (bb) covers state plan requirements for payment for services for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Type: Document
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Social Security Act, Section 1905 (l): Definitions
Definitions of terms used in the Social Security Act related to Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Type: Document
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Social Security Act, Section 1832 (a)(2)(D): Scope of Benefits
This section of the Social Security Act lists Rural Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center services as within the scope of benefits.
Type: Document
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Rural Health Clinic - Rules and Guidelines
Interpretive guidelines for the Medicare regulations governing the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program. Used by state surveyors to ensure that clinics are in compliance with the technical requirements of the RHC program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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