Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans

Rural Health Clinics

To qualify as a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), the clinic must be located in a non-urbanized area and a designated medically underserved area or designated population group or geographic health professional shortage area.

RHCs provide routine diagnostic and laboratory services and employ mid-level practitioners 50 percent of the time the clinic is open.

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care offers technical assistance to organizations considering RHC certification and those currently certified. In Idaho, the Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid, Bureau of Facility Standards is responsible for RHC certification. Click here to find an RHC.

Program Information

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Practice Operations National Database

An exciting new benchmarking initiative specifically for Idaho Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) called the Practice Operations National Database (POND). POND is a web-based data collection and benchmarking tool that can help guide performance improvement opportunities.   


Please contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care if you would like more information on POND.

(208) 334-0669

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