Rural Health Clinic Law and Legal Definition

A Rural Health Clinic (RHC) is a clinic primarily engaged in furnishing outpatients services with one or more physicians and one or more physician assistants or nurse practitioners engaged in providing primary medical care and out-patient health services to patients of rural, medically under-served area in the U.S. RHC established under the Rural Health Clinics Act has a separate reimbursement structure from the standard medical office under the medicare and medicaid programs. RHC provides physicians health care services to medicare beneficiaries and medicaid recipients in rural areas who experience shortage of personal health services or primary care manpower.