Jack Plagge, Manager
Hospital & Outpatient Services Unit
Bureau of Health Facility Regulation
2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #31
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Telephone: (850) 412-4549
Florida Relay Service (TDD): (800) 955-8771
Fax: (850) 488-5897
Rural health clinics (RHC) are designed to provide quality care for rural residents by improving access to primary care practitioners. The clinic must be designated as located in a rural and medically under-served area. It must also employ a mid-level practitioner during 50% of its operating hours.
There are two types of rural health clinics. The independent rural health clinic is a freestanding practice that is not part of a hospital, skilled nursing facility or home health agency. The provider based rural health clinic is an integral and subordinate part of a hospital, skilled nursing facility or home health agency.
Application for Medicare certification includes submission of a completed application, required documentation, and successful completion of a survey. Some rural health clinics may require licensure or exemption from licensure as a "health care clinic". Additional information regarding health care clinics can be obtained from the Agency's Health
Care Clinics webpage.
Unless required by the "Health Care Clinic Act", there are no state licensing requirements imposed by the Agency.
Rural health clinics accredited by an accrediting organization approved by CMS may be exempt from initial and recertification inspections by the Agency for Health Care Administration. A copy of the accreditation award letter and the complete accreditation report, including any corrective actions must be submitted to the Agency for review. If the accrediting organization does not include it in the award letter verification of Medicare deemed status must also be submitted.
Note: Providers now have the option of answering all questions and submitting the civil rights clearance package on line.
Civil Rights information and forms are required for rural health clinics that are provider-based to a hospital or CAH.