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Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) – Resources

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

Quality, Safety & Oversight - Certification & Compliance: Rural Health Clinics
Provides information about being certified as a Medicare participating Rural Health Clinic (RHC) supplier. Includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Code of Federal Regulations: Title 42 Public Health, Chapter 4, Subchapter C, Part 477, Subpart F: Rural Health Clinic Services
Details Medicare payment requirements for Rural Health Clinic services established Sept. 29, 1978 and amended Sept. 30, 1986.
Type: Document
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Am I Rural?
Helps determine whether a specific location is considered rural based on various definitions of rural, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs. Definitions covered include Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCAs), Core Based Statistical Areas, Rural Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC), and Urban Influence Codes (UICs).
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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CMS Medicare Administrative Contractors
Provides information and links to resources concerning the Part A/Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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State Survey Agency Directory
A directory of state agencies that handle survey and certification of certain healthcare facilities including Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards. Updated quarterly.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Code of Federal Regulations: 42 CFR 440.20 Outpatient Hospital Services and Rural Health Clinic Services
Defines the current scope of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) services, and who can provide them.
Type: Document
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MUA Find
Search for Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUAs/MUPs). Allows searching by state, county, or ID number. Includes designation status and date. Results can be filtered by rural status.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Federal Statute, Regulation, and Guidance
Provides links to statutes, regulations, and guidance governing the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program. State surveyors use guidance to ensure that clinics are in compliance with the technical requirements of the RHC program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Last Updated: 6/20/2024