Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) provide primary care services to individuals in medically underserved rural areas.
Services at Rural Health Clinics are provided
by physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician
assistants and include primary care as well as other medically needed
services. The clinics offer services on-site and also refer patients to
hospitals for referrals and/or admissions.
RHCs are not licensed by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but may be certified for participation in the
federal Medicare program.
RHCs are certified for participation in the
Medicare program. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services'
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines if the location of
the clinic meets Medicare eligibility criteria of being in a designated
medically underserved area.
After review and acceptance of the application materials and notification from CMS of the approval of the CMS-855A, the Department will conduct a survey before recommending the agency for Medicare certification.
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