RURAL HEALTH CLINIC SERVICES
The Palmetto State is home to nearly 90 federally designated Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Created by the federal Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977, RHCs are paid an all-inclusive rate to perform qualified primary and preventive health services for Medicare and Medicaid patients in rural areas. In South Carolina, Medicare and Medicaid patients account for more than 55% of the overall patient volume for RHCs, making them an important part of our healthcare safety net. The South Carolina Office of Rural Health closely monitors rural policy issues and provides support when any changes affect RHCs. SCORH also provides annual educational workshops to keep RHCs abreast of the latest regulations regarding compliance, billing and coding, evaluation, and management.
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- Rural Health Clinic application assistance
- Rural Health Clinic compliance support
- Annual evaluations / clinic “walk-throughs”
- Policies and procedures manuals
- Billing and coding technical assistance
- Health information technology services
Shannon Chambers joined the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in 2011, and serves as the director of provider solutions. In this role, Shannon assists private physician offices who desire to convert to Rural Health Clinic (RHC) status. She provides technical assistance to RHCs in compliance activities, billing and coding, EHR implementation, and practice management.