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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).

Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. Includes resources for emergency medical services, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Addresses a wide range of topics including healthcare operations, space, supplies, funding, and more.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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No Surprises Act Webinar
Recording of a December 14, 2021, webinar providing an overview of the No Surprises Act and how it impacts Rural Health Clinics. Outlines price transparency and good faith estimate requirements and enforcement. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: CMS Regulations, CMS-10791 Good Faith Estimate for Health Care Items and Services, Good Faith Estimate Information and Webinar Q&A Follow-Up, Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 12/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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CMS Vaccine Mandate Webinar
Recording of a December 8, 2021, webinar exploring Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Discusses the legal uncertainty of the mandate and policies and procedures that Rural Health Clinics will need to implement if the mandate is upheld.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Sample COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedures, Transcript, Webinar Q&A Follow-Up
Date: 12/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages
CDC guidance to help healthcare facilities mitigate healthcare personnel staffing shortages related to COVID-19.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Q&A on RHC COVID-19 Testing & Testing and Mitigation Programs
Recording of a November 30, 2021, webinar answering questions regarding the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing funding and discussing the close-out procedures for the program. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 11/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Medicare Payment Basics: Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Payment Systems
Presents an overview of Medicare payments for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Details how the all-inclusive rate (AIR) is calculated for RHCs and how the national statutory payment limit applies to provider-based RHCs enrolled in Medicare before December 31, 2020, and part of a hospital with fewer than 50 beds. Includes information on special payment rules for certain services provided by FQHCs and RHCs.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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NRHA COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center
Supports the needs of rural providers and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assists rural healthcare organizations through financial consultations, operational support, and help obtaining essential medical resources, including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Also provides information on vaccine distribution and education.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing
Addresses issues related to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) billing during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers COVID-19 test specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, hospital services, ambulance services, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), telehealth, skilled nursing facility services, home health, vaccination, and other services.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Financial Guide for the Rural Health Care Leaders During COVID and Post-COVID
Highlights strategies for addressing the financial challenges RHCs and CAHs may face during and after a public health emergency such as COVID-19. Discusses how rural providers can improve financial performance in the face of lower inpatient and outpatient volumes, fewer elective surgeries, and the added cost of PPE, ventilators, and staff, among others. Details indicators of financial stress and recommends corresponding strategies.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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COVID-19 Information – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy: Rural Response to COVID-19
Information and resources for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) rural health program recipients and stakeholders related to COVID-19 and its impact on rural health programs and rural communities. Addresses funding, telehealth, healthcare delivery, grant-related travel, and grants management. Includes a section with information on Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and mitigation.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
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Last Updated: 12/15/2021