As we know, federal health care reform has hit a snag and may not recover. The two bills that were passed in the House and Senate did include some provisions that would be helpful to rural health care providers, but not enough.
Because of the various types of ownership, RHCs may be licensed as departments of hospitals, as primary care clinics, or may operate under the license of the physician or nurse practitioner. Clinics that are owned by counties are exempt from licensure.
Regardless of licensure, every RHC must be certified by Medicare.