April 28, 2023
CMS Releases Intermediate Policy on Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Rurality Determinations
In late March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the interim process that will be used in determining Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) rural location determination following the Census Bureau’s definition changes.
The interim process is as follows:
- RHC applicants or relocating RHCs will meet the rural location requirement if the physical address is “non-urbanized” or in an “urban cluster” per 2010 Census Bureau Data, OR if the physical address is not an urban area per the 2020 Census Bureau Data
- Both 2010 and 2020 Census Bureau Data can be found here
For questions, please contract Nathan Baugh, NARHC Executive Director at Nathan.Baugh@narhc.org or Sarah Hohman, NARHC Director of Government Affairs at Sarah.Hohman@narch.org
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