Rural Health Clinics Chartbook: Community Characteristics and Financial and Operational Performance
Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) address geographic access barriers for rural Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and, over time, have come to be recognized for their role in serving vulnerable rural populations. Over 4,000 RHCs serve rural communities in 44 states. Long considered part of the safety net by policymakers and rural advocates, their roles are tied to their location in rural, underserved areas. Recommendations for updating and improving RHC policies and regulations have foundered on the lack of data on RHCs. This lack of data has been an ongoing problem in developing support for changes in the RHC program. Building on the Maine Rural Health Research Center’s (MRHRC) extensive body of work on RHCs and our 2003 RHC Chartbook, this project will produce a comprehensive, descriptive chartbook detailing the characteristics and status of RHCs nationally.