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Resources by Topic: Rural Health Clinics

Details on HHS' Distribution of Emergency Funds to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions and Rural Providers
Provides an overview of the methodologies the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will use to distribute COVID-19 related funding to hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 admissions, rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and health centers. Includes a comparison of the terms of conditions of the different CARES Act funding programs.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Medicaid: State Views on Program Administration Challenges
Describes four federal Medicaid policies that pose barriers to effective program administration. Highlights the requirement for states to pay Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) under the prospective payment system as a challenge for states. Identifies three issues for federal policymakers to consider when addressing these administrative challenges.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Wilson Medical Center Implements Creative Care Alternatives to Address COVID-19
Describes Wilson Medical Center's implementation of curbside and telehealth services in response to COVID-19 in rural Kansas. Offers lessons learned from the transition to alternative solutions and future goals for adapting healthcare services as needed.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Surviving COVID-19 as a Rural Health Clinic: New Federal Policies & Programs to Help Keep Your Clinic Open
Webinar recording providing an in-depth presentation on the federal initiatives supporting Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic given by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics' Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director and Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Relations.
Additional links: Webinar Slides
Date: 04/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Crosswalk: CMS Interim Final Rule & Published CMS Guidances
Provides an overview of key provisions in the March 2020 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' interim final rule on telehealth policy and related, previously issued guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covers coding issues and expansion of telehealth in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), among other topics.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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North Dakota CAHs, RHCs, and FQHCs, 2020
Map of North Dakota delineating counties and showing the locations of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and referral centers.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Kansas Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas
Listing of Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas in the state of Kansas for the purpose of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) certification.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Billing for Telehealth Encounters: An Introductory Guide on Fee-for-Service
Presents an overview of how to bill fee-for-service Medicare and Medi-Cal for telehealth encounters. Includes information on originating and distant sites, virtual healthcare, and coding telehealth services. Lists types of practice sites, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and implications for billing telehealth services. Provides contact information for Regional Telehealth Research Centers (RTRC).
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Idaho Rural Health Clinics
Presents a map of Idaho identifying the location of provider-based and independent Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in the state. Includes a table identifying the name, address, and designation for each RHC.
Date: 2020
Type: Directory, Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Access to Specialty Care for Medicare Beneficiaries in Rural Communities
Findings from a voluntary online survey conducted in 2019 of 111 Rural Health Clinic (RHC) staff, from 27 states, to identify the most difficult specialty healthcare service to access, and why it is the most difficult to access. Conducts an analysis of RHC distance to the nearest hospital or clinic to determine variation in difficulty accessing specialty services.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Hannah Neprash, Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana S. Tuttle, Ashley M. Hernandez
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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