Rural health clinics may apply for certification to participate in the Medicare/Medicaid programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with LARA to evaluate compliance with the federal regulations by conducting certification surveys and complaint investigations.
CMS has approved two organizations as Rural Health Clinic Accrediting Organizations. Information on both entities is below.
What is an RHC?
Slides from "Alternate RHC Accreditation: What is it?"
Medicare Benefit Policy Manual - Chapter 13 RHCs - Updated 1-15-2016
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
CMS 855R Information (Medicare Enrollment Application)
Visit the Medicare Provider-Supplier Enrollment webpage for more information about Medicare enrollment.
RHC & FQHC Program Comparison (At - a - glance version)