A Rural Health Clinic is a clinic located in a rural area designated as a shortage area. It may not exist as a rehabilitation agency or function primarily as a care and treatment facility for mental diseases.
Rural Health Clinics are not state licensed nor are they accredited. They may be certified to participate in the federal Medicare Program.
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services directs state health agencies or other appropriate agencies to determine if health care entities meet federal standards. This helping function is termed "provider certification." Health Facility Compliance Group staff is responsible for certifying Comprehensive Out-Patient Rehabilitation Facilities.
For more information on the certification process, refer to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Information page, or contact your zone office (PDF).