Uses data extracted from 2009 Medicare outpatient
provider claims to look at the location of clinics, the
number of beneficiaries served, and the number of and
cost per claim for each type of rural safety net clinic.
We further examined characteristics of Medicare
beneficiaries comparing their age, the health problems
for which they sought care, and the distance they
traveled to obtain care. Because Rural Health Centers
(RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are
similar in mission but may be different in practice,
understanding their respective Medicare patient profiles
is important. This findings brief is the third and final
in a series on RHCs which draws on a large, national
dataset that includes claims data on the approximately
90% of RHCs that billed Medicare in 2009.