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 training opportunities. The RHC Coordinator is available to help you find answers to your questions.
Archive of HRSA-NARHC Technical Assistance Presentations on RHC topics. Includes slides, recording and transcripts.
Directory of Indiana RHCs (ISDH listing)
How to Become a Rural Health Clinic
Ensure address in shortage area and is rural:
- Find Shortage Areas: HPSA by State and County
- Contact ISDH Rural Health Clinic Certification Program\ Also changes in clinic hours, management, ownership and providers need to be reported to ISDH RHC program.
Choose an accreditation agency:
Toll Free: 888-545-5222, Fax: 847-775-1985, Email: email@example.com, Peer Review Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org, Business Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm CST, Monday -Friday
RHIhub - Description of RHCs: how to start, financial feasibility, different types of RHCs, and helpful FAQs. More FAQs including Indiana laws. Choose green tab on left menu.
HRSA "How to Start a RHC" (2004) dated, but 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.
Getting Ready for RHC Survey and Regulations:
State Operations Manual Appendix G with Surveyors' Guidance. Updated 2018, excellent resource to prepare for RHC survey or a resurvey.
Environment / Safety Checklist Example
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. Topics often include payment & billing for services, cost report clarifications, classifications for & qualifications of rural provider types. 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.
- Rural Health Clinics
- CMS Region 5 Office Contacts for: Medicare A, B, C, D, Medicaid, CHIP, Physician Alliance, Physician Certification and Complaints, Quality Initiatives, Medicaid Oversight, etc.
- Did You Know by Topic Public Health Topics and Statistics
- Media - CDC Newsroom Outbreaks and Warnings
ISDH Indiana Rural Health Clinic Certification Program - State Agency contact for RHCs.
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NARHC Listserv is a mail list which allows NARHC members to communicate through email posts