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Resources by Topic: Rural Health Clinics

Participation of Rural Health Care Providers in Accountable Care Organizations: Early Indications
Describes the characteristics of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in the southeastern part of the U.S. and the populations they serve. Compares these traits to other regions in the country and how the differences may influence their decision to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Author(s): Judith Ortiz, Richard A. Hofler, Yi-Ling Lin, Richard Berzon
Citation: Health Care Management Review, 34(3), 255-264
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
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Statement of Sean Cavanaugh, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on Rural Health before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Testimony presented at a May 7, 2015 Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing on rural health. Provides an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) activities to improve access to services for rural Medicare beneficiaries. Discusses telehealth, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and rural projects being tested through the Health Care Innovation Awards.
Author(s): Sean Cavanaugh, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Appropriations
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Colorado Critical Access Hospitals and Clinics: Improving Communication and Readmission (iCARE) White Paper
Details how the Colorado Rural Health Center's Improving Communication and Readmission (iCARE) program is improving the patient experience at Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics in Colorado by enhancing care coordination and lowering readmission rates.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Arizona Rural Health Clinic Designation Manual
An instruction manual designed to help rural clinics in Arizona determine if becoming a federally designated Rural Health Clinic (RHC) is appropriate for their organization. Describes the fiscal benefits of becoming a RHC, the licensing and certification requirements, and provides guidance through the application process.
Author(s): Joyce A. Hospodar
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Rural Health Clinic Readiness for Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Marketplace
Discusses the results from a survey of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that identified their capability to be eligible as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and examines the need for technical assistance and support of RHCs in the development of the PCMH model.
Additional links: Research & Policy Brief
Author(s): John Gale, Zach Croll, David Hartley, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Rural Health Clinic Capacity in Iowa
Examines the results from an online survey of 142 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Iowa to determine their potential to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Discusses the capacity of RHCs to provide dental care and mental health services, recruit primary care providers, and participate in value-based healthcare delivery.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Peter C. Damiano, Suzanne E. Bentler
Citation: Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 6(1), 61–65
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Wyoming Medicaid SFY 2015 Annual Report
Provides a comprehensive report of Wyoming's Medicaid program, including information and data for the types of services provided, enrollment, cost of services, and service utilization by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wyoming Department of Health
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Health Information Technology in the United States, 2015: Transition to a Post-HITECH World
Reports on health information technology (HIT) adoption over an 8-year period, and includes the results of programs supported by the HITECH Act. Exhibit 19 provides information on adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and achievement of meaningful use for rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and others who received technical assistance from the Regional Extension Centers.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Trace Regional Hospital Houston, MS: Emergency Room Closure/Conversion Overview
Addresses issues leading to a rural hospital closure in Missouri and the closure process. Discusses the hospital's conversion to a hospital-based Rural Health Clinic and the subsequent results. Slides from a presentation at the November 20, 2014 Georgia Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee meeting.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Presentation Slides
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Ready or Not? The Affordable Care Act and Safety-Net Primary Care Clinic Capacity in Iowa
Assesses the primary care capacity of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Iowa, and discusses their ability to meet the increased demand that is likely to result from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) coverage gains. Examines RHC and CHC readiness in terms of workforce, delivery system changes, and service provision.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Peter C. Damiano, Suzanne E. Bentler
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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