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Rural Health Clinics

The Rural Health Clinics (RHC) program is intended to increase primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. RHCs can be public, private or non-profit. The main advantage of RHC status is enhanced reimbursement rates for providing Medicaid and Medicare services in rural areas. RHCs must be located in rural, under-served areas and must use one or more physician assistants or nurse practitioners. For specific Medicare regulations governing the Rural Health Clinic programs please see the Rural Health Clinics - Rules and Guidelines – compiled by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes a listing of Certified Rural Health Clinics by state and county.


For policy and advocacy issues
Bill Finerfrock, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Telephone: 866.306.1961

For technical, policy, and operational assistance on rural health issues including CMS regulations
CMS Regional Office Rural Health Coordinators

For survey, certification and licensure questions
CMS State Survey Agency Directory

5101 Washington Street, Suite 2F
Gurnee, IL, 60031
Phone: 866.603.2067
Fax: 847.775.1985

For independent RHC reimbursement questions
CMS Provider Compliance Group Interactive Map
provides a directory of state-specific CMS contractors' toll-free telephone numbers and websites.

There are more organizations related to Rural Health Clinics in the organizations section.

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Last Reviewed: 1/17/2014

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Funding for this project was supported by Grant Number U56RH05539 from the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funder.