Medicare Rural Health

How to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare approved Rural Health Clinic Program

This program provides an avenue for Medicare and Medicaid participation for primary care clinics in rural and medically underserved areas. Clinics located in a census tract within a non-urban designation and in a medically underserved area, or an area with a designated health professional shortage may participate in this program.

Which clinics may apply for AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

Clinics already Medicare certified as well as those seeking initial Medicare certification may apply for AAAASF accreditation. Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they are located (if that state requires licensure) to be eligible.

Will the state still need to inspect a clinic if it has earned AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

In most cases, the state will not review a clinic that has been accredited through the AAAASF/Medicare survey but it does not preclude the state from conducting validation or complaint inspections. State licensure inspections are separate from Medicare surveys and conducted according to state requirements. State licensure inspections may be inclusive of physical environment requirements that exceed any specified by CMS.

Accreditation Process for Medicare RHC

  • New Applicants

  • Self Survey - Before 2nd & 3rd Years Begin

  • Re-Survey - Before End of 3 Year Cycle