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Resources by Topic: Rural Health Clinics

Module 4: Helping RHCs Work Effectively with Other Key Rural Health Providers
Describes how Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) can work effectively with other rural health providers. Discusses how State Office of Rural Health (SORH) staff can introduce RHCs to other rural safety-net providers and covers strategies to assist SORH staff in maximizing the interactions between RHCs and other rural safety-net providers. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Educational Series.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Module 3: Helping SORHs Make Decisions about Providing Technical Assistance and Support to Rural Health Clinics
Discusses resources and methods to assist State Office of Rural Health (SORH) staff in developing basic technical assistance services for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Covers opportunities for and the benefits of SORH staff providing technical assistance to RHCs. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Educational Series.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Module 2: Learning about Certified Rural Health Clinics
Reviews Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program basics and provides a listing of RHC state survey agencies by state. Examines technical assistance needs of RHCs and existing resources to assist State Office of Rural Health (SORH) staff working with RHCs to establish and develop relationships with RHCs and their partners. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Educational Series.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Academic Health Centers and Community Health Centers: The Landscape of Current Partnerships
Provides an overview of academic and community health center partnerships throughout the U.S. Discusses management, governance, staffing, and financial support challenges and successes.
Author(s): Ryan D. Brutger
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of Academic Health Centers
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Community Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Presence Associated with Lower County-Level Hospitalization Rates for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
Looks at the contribution that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) make to healthcare access. Examines the impact of FQHC and RHC presence on hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions using data from eight states.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, James N. Laditka, Sarah B. Laditka
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Medicare and Medicaid Participating Facilities: CMS Needs to Reexamine Its Approach for Funding State Oversight of Health Care Facilities
Evaluates the federal funding of state healthcare facility surveys, including surveys of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Analyzes funding, state workloads, and federal oversight of states' use of funds.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 02/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Partnering to Achieve Rural Emergency Preparedness: A Workbook for Healthcare Providers in Rural Communities
Provides a tool to help Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), community health centers, migrant health centers, and hospitals develop effective community emergency preparedness plans. Encourages a collaborative approach with coordination between community leaders and healthcare facilities.
Author(s): Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
Date: 2007
Type: Document
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Problems Remain With Primary Care Shortage Area Designation System
Reviews the number and location of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and federal programs that use HPSA designations to allocate resources or provide benefits. Discusses available research on HPSA designation criteria and methodology. Addresses the impact of a 2002 provision that automatically designates Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and certain Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) as facility HPSAs.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Comparison of the Rural Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center Programs
Provides a general comparison of the financial components of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) programs under Medicare and Medicaid.
Date: 06/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Status of the Rural Health Clinic Program
Office of Inspector General report discussing the location status of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Includes statistics on the number of RHCs in locations that do not have current shortage designations and RHCs in areas no longer considered rural. Includes historical overview of the RHC location requirements and recommendations for improvement.
Date: 08/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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