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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) – Resources

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

Community Characteristics and Financial and Operational Performance of Rural Health Clinics in the United States: A Chartbook
Provides an overview of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in the United States, including history of the RHC program, number and distribution of RHCs, operating details, characteristics of demographics served, financial and staffing information, and quality measures. Utilizes data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Cost Reports, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings to provide comprehensive data about RHCs. Includes U.S. maps showing types of RHCs by state; demographic and socioeconomic breakdowns of populations in RHC and non-RHC counties with large rural, medium/small rural, isolated/completely rural, and urban comparisons; costs of RHC services; staffing patterns; and more.
Author(s): John A. Gale, Zachariah Croll, Jamar Croom, Louisa Munk, Yvonne Jonk
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Sliding Fee Scale Discount Guide for CAHs and RHCs
Provides concepts and guidance to help Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) executives and management teams develop a sliding fee scale discount program. Addresses how these programs relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) compliance and participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Includes an example of a sliding fee schedule.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Health Clinics
Policy position paper providing an overview of Rural Health Clinics. Offers policy recommendations regarding access to care, RHC reimbursement, and programmatic updates.
Author(s): Kelly Braun, Trent Bourland
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Michigan Certified Rural Health Clinics
Lists rural health clinics in Michigan that are CMS certified as of January 2022. Includes street address and county for each clinic.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
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Ending Surprise Medical Bills
Offers resources for healthcare providers and consumers regarding surprise billing regulations and policies. Includes information on payment dispute resolution between patients and providers, and between providers and out-of-network health plans.
Date: 2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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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Access to Outpatient Services in Rural Communities Changes after Hospital Closure
Examines trends of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Rural Health Quality (RHC) availability in rural areas before and after hospital closures. Explores the associations between poverty rates and access to FQHCs and RHCs following hospital closure.
Author(s): Katherine E. M. Miller, Kyle L. Miller, Kathleen Knocke, et al.
Citation: Health Services Research, 56(5), 788-801
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
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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: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Last Updated: 6/13/2024