Rural Health Clinics

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rural, financial performance, community, data, rural health clinics


This chartbook provides an overview of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) characteristics and issues using data from CMS’s Provider of Services file, Medicare Cost Reports, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s’ County Health Ranking and will be useful to policymakers and others interested in the performance of RHCs nationally. It can also be useful to RHC administrators to benchmark staffing patterns, productivity, and efficiency. Finally, it provides a discussion of the challenges related to collection and reporting of RHC quality data.

For more information, please contact John Gale,


This study was funded by a cooperative agreement between the US Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources & Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (CA#U1CRH03716) and the University of Southern Maine. The findings and conclusions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the US Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA

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