Topics: Rural Health Clinics

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Rural Health Clinic Program at 45 Years: Created for Access and Still Delivering Care

front entrance of a Rural Health Clinic


After a 1965 public law created the Medicare and Medicaid programs, many rural residents insured by these government health programs were unable to access care. This challenge was remedied by another public law: the Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977. Using a historical framework, rural health policy experts, researchers, and clinicians reviewed the Act’s impact on outpatient healthcare delivery in rural America.

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October 26, 2022

A Career of Influencing Rural Healthcare Delivery: Bill Finerfrock and the NARHC Origin Story

Bill Finerfrock.


Over 5,200 rural organizations participate in the Rural Health Clinics program, a reimbursement model dedicated to rural low-volume healthcare delivery and now in its 45th year. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics — in its 30th year — is a membership organization that emerged as the program increased its participants. Bill Finerfrock, association cofounder and its recently retired executive director, shared the group’s origin story as well as touchpoints from his own career.

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October 26, 2022

Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)

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Over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. A closer look at research indicates that not only is this a system problem rather than an individual problem, but that burnout impacts a system’s revenue streams, healthcare quality, and patient safety and satisfaction. Experts suggest the problem may even be of more concern in rural areas.

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January 22, 2020

Responding to the HIV Crisis in Scott County, Indiana: Q&A with Dr. William Cooke

Dr. William Cooke


Scott County, Indiana, has been in the national spotlight since experiencing the largest HIV outbreak in rural America’s recent history. The town’s only physician at the time, Dr. William Cooke, took action to bring healing and hope to his community of Austin and the surrounding county. In this Q&A, he shares the motivation behind his compassionate approach to care.

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November 28, 2018

An Interview with John Halfen, M.D.

John Halfen


Halfen, the Medical Director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn., discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.

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August 20, 2014