A common question we receive is "what is the difference between a federally qualified health center(FQHC) and a rural health clinic(RHC)?" Here's the answer:
Basically, they differ in location, services they’re required by the federal government to provide, and how they are paid by the federal government.
- FQHCs are typically located in urban areas; RHCs are in rural areas (the government defines the areas that constitute rural)
- FQHCs must be non-profit; RHCs can be for-profit
- FQHCs must provide preventive services; RHCs only need to offer primary care and lab services
- FQHCs must offer services at a reduced fee schedule for patients (based on patients’ income); RHCs do not have this requirement
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