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Resources by Topic: Rural Health Clinics

CMS Has Yet to Enforce a Statutory Provision Related to Rural Health Clinics
A study to determine the extent to which Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) no longer meet the location requirements. Also discusses whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to address a prior Office of Inspector General recommendation to issue regulations defining the criteria for RHCs to be deemed "essential providers."
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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2013 Iowa Governor's Designation for Rural Health Clinics
Explains the Governor's shortage designation process, used to identify counties for eligibility for certification as Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Iowa is one of 13 states that utilize this type of designation.
Additional links: 2013 Iowa Governor's Designated Counties for Rural Health Clinics Map
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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An Interview with John Halfen, MD
An interview with John Halfen, the medical director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, who discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Patient Centered Medical Homes Achieve New Standards
Features Crete Area Medical Center Physicians' Clinic and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, which are among the very few rural safety net providers that have achieved Level 3 patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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