Rural Health Clinics

Thank you for visiting the Rural Health Clinics program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Rural Health Clinics has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.



A Rural Health Clinic is a clinic located in a rural area designated as a shortage area. It may not exist as a rehabilitation agency or function primarily as a care and treatment facility for mental diseases.

Rural Health Clinics are not state licensed nor are they accredited. They may be certified to participate in the federal Medicare Program.


Medicare Information

The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) directs state health agencies or other appropriate agencies to determine if health care entities meet federal standards. This helping function is termed "provider certification." Health Facility Compliance Group staff is responsible for certifying Comprehensive Out-Patient Rehabilitation Facilities.

For more information on the certification process, refer to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Information page, or contact your zone office. See the City-Region-Zone List to find your appropriate zone office.

Last updated November 9, 2017