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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) – Resources

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

Cost-Sharing as a Barrier to Accessing Care at FQHCs and RHCs for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
Results of a national study investigating cost barriers, using data acquired after enactment of the Affordable Care Act and viewed from perspectives other than ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations. Features statistics including descriptive data of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) from the study sample, with breakdowns by rural and urban location.
Author(s): Alex R. Schulte, George H. Pink, Mark Holmes, Denise Kirk
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Public Law 95–210: Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977
Text of the Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977, Public Law 95–210 (December 13, 1977). This legislation established the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) designation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and outlines details of the designation.
Date: 1977
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Congress
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NARHC REF Lookup Tool Portal
Interactive tool providing data on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes used by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Uses a statistically adjusted sample of health care claims data and carrier file claims from 2019-2021. Data are searchable by claim year, code, and percentage and frequency of use.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Catherine Cutler Institute, National Association of Rural Health Clinics, National Association of Rural Health Clinics Research and Education Foundation
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State Operations Manual Appendix G - Guidance for Surveyors: Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
Provides details and interpretive guidelines clarifying the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) survey and certification processes.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Quality, Safety & Oversight - Guidance to Laws & Regulations: Rural Health Clinics
Provides basic information about survey protocols and interpretive guidelines for Rural Health Clinics. Includes links to Appendix G of the State Operations Manual and related information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: Video Resource Library
Offers videos on topics relevant to telehealth implementation for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Topics address telehealth readiness, marketing, selecting service providers, process improvement, and documenting workflows. Also, covers telehealth in primary care and dentistry, school-based telehealth, and diabetes prevention, screening and education services. Transcripts are available in the video descriptions.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) Newsletters
A quarterly newsletter that covers Rural Health Clinic (RHC) news, legislative updates, stories from NARHC member consultants, educational opportunities, conference information, and other issues related to RHCs.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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NARHC/3RNET Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Job Board
Job board listing openings at Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Includes RHC and CAH jobs added to 3RNET's website. Searchable by profession/specialty and state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: 3RNET, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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State Associations of RHCs
Provides a list of state Rural Health Clinic associations. Identifies state rural health and primary care associations that serve as defacto RHC associations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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National Association of Rural Health Clinics Technical Assistance Webinars
Contains links to technical assistance webinar recordings, transcripts, and presentation slides. Webinars cover operational and policy issues specific to Rural Health Clinics.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Last Updated: 6/27/2024