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Resources by Topic: Rural Health Clinics

Health Coverage and Care in the South: A Chartbook
Provides key data on the demographic and economic characteristics of the Southern population as well as their health status, health insurance coverage, and access to care. Covers data on citizenship status, age, urban-rural composition, and income of residents in the South. Offers data on the number of Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the South.
Author(s): Jessica Stephens, Alexandra Gates, Vann Newkirk, Laura Snyder
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System for FQHCs; Changes to Contracting Policies for RHCs; and Changes to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Enforcement Actions for Proficiency Testing Referral
The final rule with comment period that implements the methodology and payment rates for a prospective payment system (PPS) for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) services beginning October 1, 2014 under Medicare Part B, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Identifies the policy allowing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to contract with nonphysician practitioners when statutory requirements for employment of nurse practitioners and physician assistants are met, and incorporated other technical changes to FQHC and RHC regulations. Changes to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 enforcement actions for proficiency testing referral are included.
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Safety Net Clinics Serving the Elderly in Rural Areas: Rural Health Clinic Patients Compared to Federally Qualified Health Center Patients
Compares the distribution of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and nonmetro Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Looks at how the Medicare populations served by these types of facilities differ, including their age distribution.
Author(s): Andrea D. Radford, Victoria A. Freeman, Denise A. Kirk, Hilda A. Howard, Mark Holmes
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural Health Clinics
Summarizes the development and current status of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Identifies issues of concern and provides recommendations. Discusses access to care, managed care, and other factors related to becoming an RHC, such as surveying, eligibility, data collection, and more.
Author(s): Gail Nickerson
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Program Eligibility, Beneficiary Assignment, and Quality Measures
Discusses the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) eligibility, participation requirements, beneficiary assignment processes, and quality measures to assist rural providers considering Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formation.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith J. Mueller, Xi Zhu, Thomas Vaughn
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons
Compiles findings and discussion from states who were early adopters of health homes in urban and rural settings. Provides recommendations for states wanting to develop health home programs.
Author(s): Kathy Moses, Brianna Ensslin
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record by Rural Health Clinics
Identifies rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption among a national, random sample of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Examines the extent to which RHCs that have adopted an EHR system are likely to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): John A. Gale, David Hartley, Zachariah T. Croll
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Understanding Adoption of a Personal Health Record in Rural Health Care Clinics: Revealing Barriers and Facilitators of Adoption Including Attributions about Potential Patient Portal Users and Self-reported Characteristics of Early Adopting Users
Examines patient survey data from Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) comparing patients who are early adopters of personal health records (PHRs) to those who do not use PHRs to understand clinic level barriers to PHR adoption. Provides information on staff perceptions of newly introduced PHR.
Author(s): Jorie Butler, Marjorie Carter, Candace Hayden, et al.
Citation: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings Archive, 2013, 152-161
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Informatics Association
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Trends in Rural Health Clinics and Needs During U.S. Health Care Reform
Describes the changes that have occurred in Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and the characteristics that have remained the same from the late 1990s to 2007. Identifies some of the needs of RHCs as they transition through healthcare reform.
Author(s): Judith Ortiz, Natthani Meemon, Yue Zhou, Thomas T.H. Wan
Citation: Primary Health Care Research & Development, 14(4), 360-366
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Accountable Care Organizations: Benefits and Barriers as Perceived by Rural Health Clinic Management
Describes results of a survey, focus groups, and phone interviews with Rural Health Clinic (RHC) management personnel regarding benefits of and barriers to RHC participation in Accountable Care Organizations.
Author(s): Judith Ortiz, Angeline Bushy, Yue Zhou, Hong Zhang
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 13(2), 2417
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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