The Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program is intended to increase access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities.  RHCs can be public, nonprofit, or for-profit healthcare facilities, however, they must be located in rural, underserved areas. They are required to use a team approach of physicians working with non-physician practitioners such as nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA), and certified nurse midwives (CNM) to provide services. The clinic must be staffed at least 50% of the time with a NP, PA, or CNM. RHCs are required to provide outpatient primary care services and basic laboratory services.

The main advantage of RHC status is enhanced reimbursement rates for providing Medicaid and Medicare services.

Visit the links below for more information on the RHC program.


Michigan RHC Map

National RHC Map


Did you know that there is a Michigan Rural Health Clinic Listserv (MIRHC)? This helpful tool can be used to get questions answered, facilitate networking, share templates, tools and resources with your peers across the state of Michigan. Any RHC topic can be discussed! To sign up for the listserv, contact Oester35@msu.edu.

RHC Bulletins 

January 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

February 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

March 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

May 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

June 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

July 2022 RHC Monthly Bulletin

Network Membership and Contact Information

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Jill Oesterle
Manager for Rural Health Clinic Services
(517) 353-6891