Rural Health Clinics Approved

Corydon, November 8, 2012: Providing health care in a remote rural setting is one of the more difficult challenges presented in the health care business. After many months of applications and policy development to meet requirements, the Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System received official Rural Health Clinic (RHC) designation for all four clinic locations. Having met the conditions for the RHC status the entire Wayne County Hospital Clinic System now qualifies for a more reasonable cost reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid.

We are pleased to provide high quality rural health care services at the Humeston Family Medical Clinic, the Lineville Medical Clinic, the Seymour Medical Clinic and the South Central Iowa Medical Clinic in Corydon.

RHCs were established in 1977 to improve access to care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The clinics must be located in a rural area that is considered a Health Professional Shortage Area (meaning there is a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers), or a Medically Underserved Area. Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by the Health Resources and Service Administration as having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population.

November 15th is National Rural Health Day. Take a moment to think about the health care providers and health and wellness organizations that help improve the quality of small town living.