DHHS Proposes Increasing Reimbursements for Rural Clinics

Nov 25, 2015

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a policy that would increase Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates for qualified rural clinics that have a shortage of doctors.

The policy also would create the potential for more providers to receive federal and state loan repayment for underserved areas and drive patients to primary care instead of hospitals.

It's called a Governor-Designated and Secretary-Certified shortage area.

The policy would need to be approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration Shortage Designation Branch in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.