Rural Health Clinics
Find links to RHC resources, sample templates shared by other RHCs and a link to Indiana RHC Directory. The Indiana Rural Health Association's RHC program provides live and online training opportunities found on the Events webpage. The RHC Coordinator is available to help you find answers to your questions. Please report any failed links. Other websites make changes which breaks the original link.
Upcoming and archived HRSA-NARHC Technical Assistance Presentations on RHC topics. Includes slides, recording and transcripts.
IRHA hosted Presentations:
James, Charles - RHC-FQHC Telehealth and Care Management Service Billing Update (June 2020 Presentation)
Directory of Indiana RHCs (ISDH listing)
CMS Regional Rural Health Coordinator Region 5 Indiana is in CMS Region 5. Contact for questions about Medicare A, B, C, D, Medicaid, CHIP, Physician Alliance, Physician Certification and Complaints, Quality Initiatives, Medicaid Oversight, etc.
Rural Health Clinic Certification Resources
Ensure address in shortage area and is rural:
- Find Shortage Areas: Find HPSA by address.
- Contact for ISDH Rural Health Clinic Certification Program Send email or fax on clinic's letterhead of any changes in clinic hours, management, ownership and providers to this ISDH RHC program contact.
Choose an accreditation agency for initial survey for the CMS certification. Established clinics may wait for the State Agency (ISDH) to do periodic surveys or they may contract with one of the following:
RHIhub - Description of RHCs: how to start, financial feasibility, different types of RHCs, and helpful FAQs. More FAQs including Indiana laws.
RHC CMS Fact Sheet Great resource about many aspects of the RHC program.
NARHC Academy Page offers two courses: Introduction to RHCs and Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional
HRSA "How to Start a RHC" (2004) useful resource.
Sliding Fee Scale is optional for RHCs unless one of their providers or clinical staff is receiving National Health Service Corps loan repayment
Palmetto is the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Indiana Independent RHCs previously with Cahaba.
WPS is the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Provider-Based RHCs and newly designated Independent RHCs.
Indiana Medicaid Provider Relations Field Consultants Find your regional Medicaid representative for help.
Getting Ready for RHC Survey. RHC Regulations:
State Operations Manual Appendix G with Surveyors' Guidance. Updated 2018, excellent resource to prepare for RHC survey or a resurvey.
Sample Environment / Safety Checklist
Template for Chart Reviews
More RHC Resources:
CMS MLN Matters Articles - Medicare Learning Network: web based training, articles, guides, fact sheets, etc.
CMS Open Door Forum for Rural Health - The call addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Community Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the forums. Sign up to be notified of CMS calls
CMS Rural Health Clinics Current CMS information, e.g. public health emergency information, manuals, RHC billing, etc.
CDC Media - CDC Newsroom Outbreaks and Warnings (Public Health)
Join Rural Health Information Hub for a wealth of information, grant opportunities, rural research, funding opportunities, link to Federal Register, tool kits, weekly newsletter.
NARHC Listserv is an NARHC News Open Forum which provides RHC staff an opportunity to post questions and receive RHC news and announcements. Also find a listing of upcoming and recordings, slides and transcripts of past HRSA-NARHC Technical Assistant webinars.