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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) – Resources

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

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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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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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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Identifying Allowable Expenses for COVID-19 Programs
Recording of a September 23, 2021, webinar on the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program. Discusses allowable and unallowable expenses for these programs, as well as reimbursable and unreimbursable expenses.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal
Recording of a September 2, 2021, webinar on the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program. Provides an overview of the PRF program. Discusses reporting requirements and time periods, methodology for calculating lost revenues, and considerations for Rural Health Clinics. Includes answers to frequently asked questions. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Small Rural Hospital and Clinic Finance 101
Provides a manual with introductory information on healthcare facility finances and payment for state Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program personnel, Critical Access Hospital (CAH) staff and board members, small rural prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals, and provider-based rural health clinics (RHC).
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program
Recording of an August 31, 2021, webinar providing an overview of the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program. Includes information on how to enroll in the program and the technical assistance available to participating providers.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Grants Management 101 for RHC Vaccine Confidence Program
Recording of an August 25, 2021, webinar for Rural Health Clinics that received funding through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) program. Covers strategies and tools for successful grant management and reporting.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Association of Rural Health Clinics, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Last Updated: 1/26/2022