BILL DEANE, Manager Licensing
Over the years, many misconceptions have developed about the definition of the terms “urban” and “rural” and how they apply to rural health clinics. Federal and State programs use different terminology to explain the location and service area characteristics of clinics. When the results of the 2010 census are published, we will become aware of these terms again.
Why is it important to understand the difference?
Urbanized versus non-urbanized definitions are used to establish criteria for swing beds in a hospital and to determine rural health clinic eligibility. Several Federal agencies, including HRSA, rely on the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of these terms to establish eligibility. (more…)