State Office of Rural Health

Rural Health Clinics (RHC)

"Purpose of Rural Health Clinics (RHC): To improve access to primary health care in rural, underserved communities; and, to promote a collaborative model of health care delivery using physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Federally certified RHCs are primary care practices that use a particular practice model and are reimbursed in a special way by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid programs.

CMS uses state surveys and licensure agencies to review and recommend designation of private or nonprofit clinics meeting conditions for participation and certification as RHCs. RHCs are important safety net providers since the populations for whom they receive enhanced reimbursements are Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries." (NOSORH)


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RHC Policies and Procedures


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For more information contact the VDH Office of Licensure and Certification at (804) 367-2102 or

If you have any additional questions or concerns contact the VA-SORH.

Heather Anderson, MPH
Director, Division of Primary Care and Rural Health
Brandon Rivenbark
Rural Health Manager, SHIP & Flex Coordinator
Phone:  (804) 835-2618